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Stronger Protocols for food safety coming for TCI, says Minister Ewing

Providenciales, 07 Apr 2015 – As the planet marks World Health Day today, the Department of Environmental Health and Department of Agriculture teamed up for a food safety workshop; this time on the island of South Caicos. The Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Premier Rufus Ewing explained that this theme selected by the WHO is fitting and advised that the country will see stronger protocols for food safety: “…commitment to food safety and the protection of the health of our population will be further demonstrated in the tabling of a food safety bill to the House of Assembly within the next few weeks.

This food safety legislation, once enacted will strengthen our capacity to educate and certify food handlers in the safe production and preparation of food, the early detection of potentially contaminated foods and rapid interventions thereby reducing the risk of illness, death and major disease outbreaks that can have devastating health and economic consequences.” According to the World Health Organization, unsafe food and water are linked to the deaths of an estimated two million people annually, including children.

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