Letter of the Day | JAS moves to ensure health safety at Denbigh
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The Board of Management of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the Denbigh Show Organizing Committee are assuring the public that all of the concerns raised by the Ministry of Health are being addressed.
We are also working with the Clarendon Health Department and with their guidance through our weekly meetings, we are satisfied that we will meet the required regulatory requirements.
Actions taken so far and ongoing includes:
The JAS has communicated with all exhibitors/parish pavilion operators and all other food handlers the requirements for meeting the public-health regulations.
FOOD HANDLER'S PERMIT
JAS is currently helping the food handlers participating in this year's staging in acquiring their Food Handlers Permit.
The JAS provided a document briefing to the exhibitors and restaurant operators about the importance of the food handler's permit as outlined by the public health regulation. Additionally, food handler's permit application forms and also a list of clinics that can facilitate the application process were distributed.
The JAS also advised that if a centre near them is not listed, they can get the information from the Southern Regional Health Authority at 3 Brumalia Road, Mandeville, Manchester. Tel: 1-876-625-2110 | 618-1714-5 and fax: 1-876-962-8233.
The JAS has agreed to host an on-site Food Handler's Clinic in conjunction with the Clarendon Public Health Department on the Denbigh Show Grounds today commencing at 9 a.m. All exhibitors and restaurant operations who have workers without a valid Food Handler's Permit and the requisite food-safety training are being encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
FAILURE TO COMPLY
Once any declared food handler does not have a valid permit, they will not be allowed to participate in any food-handling activities and if they fail to comply, they will be removed from the show grounds.
The JAS has contracted a food health and safety consultant to be part of our planning committee to strength our capacity in meeting and exceeding the public-health requirements.
The JAS and the Denbigh show committee will launch a Denbigh showground Work/Spruce Up Days on July 14, 15, and 16, 2017 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). These Spruce Days will include all exhibitors, parish pavilion operators, all service providers to the show, as well as farmers and citizens of Clarendon and the Clarendon Health Department.
The JAS has contracted service providers in the area of landscaping, equipment operation, portable toilets and hand wash stations services, solid and liquid waste disposal and plumbing services. Additionally the NWC, JPS are on board to address issues electricity and water pressure for safe food handling and functional and effective sanitary convenience.
The JAS has also written to the May Pen Parish Council to assist in the cleaning of the council's main drain that traverses the Denbigh showground. The JAS is now dumping the pond and other ground cavities to prevent the settlement of water that encourages mosquitoes breeding. In regards to vector control the Clarendon Health Department continues to carry out vector control activities on the show ground and the effects of this has been noticeable.
The JAS wishes to assure the public that we will meet the requirements necessary to ensure that Denbigh 65 is a success.
Norman W Grant OD, JP
Jamaica Agricultural Society