Mbabane – council has a mandate to ensure that food is prepared, handled and transported under strict hygienic conditions to guarantee that consumers have access to healthy and safe food. As a responsible authority, council conducts routine inspections in all areas of food production including transportation. In this article the main focus will be on food delivery vehicles which include bakeries, meat delivery vehicles, bottled water and vegetable delivery vehicles.
These vehicles deliver food on a daily basis to several food premises in Mbabane such as restaurants, butcheries and groceries. Council is much concerned about the health and safety of the consumers who will buy and eat the food being delivered. The recent health scare involving cold meat is an example of the dangers posed by unsafe food and the incident underscores the importance of ensuring that consumers are protected from unsafe food.
Hygiene requirements of vehicles transporting food commodities.
• The vehicle should be in good state of repair, both the interior and exterior should be constructed of washable preferably waterproof material such as stainless steel.
• It should be alright; this is achieved by ensuring that the rubber seals on the door are kept in a good state repair.
• The interior should be brought to a smooth finish for easy washing, and should have no crevices as these become hiding spots for pests and dirt. Meat delivery vehicles should be refrigerated and completely sealed and the temperature should be kept below 00 Celsius.
• All delivery vehicles should be kept clean internally/externally and should be clearly stencilledon the sides of the vehicle with the trade name.
• Private vehicles and open vans should not be used in the transportation of food for commercial purposes. The food is most likely to be contaminated by dust and pest. In private vehicles temperature control will not be achieved.
PERSONAL HYGIENE AND PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
All employees who work in delivery vehicle should be in full protective clothing which include (overalls of light color and safety shoes). The personnel should be clean both in their person and clothing
WHY THE CONCERN?
During transportation food is most likely to be contaminated by different types of agents such as dust, dirty surfaces in the vehicle, pests such as flies and cockroaches. Even the employees who are handling the food without wearing protective clothing can contaminate the food. If the food is contaminated, food borne illnesses are most likely to increase. Some delivery vehicles do not abide by the conditions written in the Public Health Act of 1969 and relevant regulations when transporting and delivering food in the city Mbabane.
If you are a consumer, stay alert, report any mal-practice by personnel delivering food and immediately inform the Public Health Inspector of the Municipal Council of Mbabane. Food premises will be held liable if they receive food products from non-complying delivery vehicles. You can reach our health inspectors on the following numers: 2409 7020, 2409 7070 and 209 7009.
COMMERATION OF WORLD TB DAY AT BUS RANK
MBABANE – The public Health Nursing Unit in Collaboration with Students from Christian University, and PSI Commemorated World TB Day under the theme “Wanted” Champions for a TB Free Swaziland on the 21st March 2018 at Mbabane Bus Rank.
The event started with a walk from the municipal Head Offices to the Bus Rank. Leading the walk was MDS high school Band, and the Royal Swaziland Police controlling the traffic. At the Bus rank the Public was educated on TB and HIV/AIDS testing, TB screening for STIs, CD4 screening and ART initiation were rendered to the Public. The main aim of the event was to bring health services to transport operators and their customers. The event lasted for about 4 hours.