THE recent outbreak of listeriosis in the country, which also affected the Nelson Mandela Bay area, has led to serious vigilance in monitoring of food business premises.
Last week Wednesday, in the Korsten business area, the municipalityâ€™s environmental health directorate started an intensive programme of inspection, enforcement of compliance and closure of non-compliant food shops across the city.
This programme is led by Mayoral Committee Member for Public Health councillor Lance Grootboom.
In a statement, municipal spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki said the programme included environmental health, waste management, safety and security, and fire and emergency. â€œThe team of dedicated officials checked compliance issues like safe food preparation, storage handling of food products that are meant for public consumption and waste management.
â€œThey also checked whether the premises are compliant with fire and emergency regulations,â€? Mniki explained.
He said the operation was planned to cover the whole Nelson Mandela Bay area
â€œThe ultimate goal is to ensure that operators who prepare and serve food within the Nelson Mandela Bay do that as per environmental health rules and regulations, and in full compliance with the municipal by-laws.â€?
The team of about 50 municipal officials went out to different shops around the Korsten area and during the operation, 61 premises were visited.
â€œThis led to the closure of 45 premises that did not have certificates of acceptability.
â€œA certificate of acceptability is issued in terms of the National Foodstuffs, Disinfectant and Cosmetics Act.
â€œIt is a health certificate which is