Food borne illnesses place a burden on the countries health care services, according to Timothy, who was delivering a radio address today as Food Safety Month comes to an end this week.
“Over the last several years, we have been burdened by the outbreaks of gastroenteritis including a recent virus outbreak which resulting in several of individuals being hospitalized and several staying home from work,” he said.
Timothy said food is the usual means of transmission and in that regard, his ministry has set strict guidelines and policies on food safety, geared at ensuring the population’s health.
“One strategy is to educate the public through the media, school health education and community and group education. A partnership approach is also essential,” he said.
He said food safety is essential in achieving food security and it is an indispensable facet of the country’s national development thrust.
“Dominica’s economy depends heavily on the tourism product and safe food is an important pre-request for establishing a sustainable tourism industry,” he said.
DOMINICA NEWS CORRESPONDENT.