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Recognising Health Day

Every year, the World Health Organisation selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, which falls on 7th April, the birthday of the Organization. The theme for World Health Day 2015 is Food Safety, a theme of high relevance to all people as well as government, the private sector, and intergovernmental agencies.

World Health Day 2015 is an opportunity to alert the public to the importance of food safety, and the part each person can play in ensuring that the food we eat is safe.

In order to ensure that the safety of food in the Cayman Islands is treated as a high priority, the Food Safety Team of the Department of Environmental Health currently undertakes food premises hygiene inspections, food hygiene training, inspections of imported food containers, local post-mortem meat inspections, investigation of food related complaints, food recall surveillance, food condemnations, food and water sampling, and infectious disease investigations.

Director, Environmental Health, Roydell Carter says that, “Food safety must be everyone’s concern since there are so many potential sources for contamination; we all need to ensure at every stage that foods are kept safe for consumption”.

The combined efforts of the various regulatory agencies inclusive of the DEH, the Department of Agriculture and the Department Public Health have resulted in very low incidence of foodborne illness being reported by the CI Health Service Authority. However, the cooperation of many businesses and the public has also contributed to keeping foods safe for consumption. Mr. Roydell Carter, DEH Director stated that he would like to commend the staff from the various agencies for their vigilant efforts and dedication to ensuring that food is safe for the Cayman public.

In keeping with the WHO theme, the Department of Environmental Health is taking this opportunity to inform the public of the importance of food safety and to highlight some of the causes of foodborne illness.

For more details on World Health Day 2015 visit . For further information about Food Safety in the Cayman Islands, please visit the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) website or call 949-6696.