Belmopan, 23 February 2009 - A team of experts in food safety is in Belize engaging with Belizeans working in food safety from the Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Tourism, and the Belize Agricultural Health Authority.
The team will be conducting a training of trainers’ course in the “Five Keys to Safer Food” from, February 24-26, 2009 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. The Five keys to Safer Food are: keep clean; separate raw and cooked food; cook food thoroughly; keep food at safe temperatures and use safe water and raw materials. The course provides guidance on how to educate and promote adoption of safe food handling behaviours and removing the barriers that prevent safe food handling practices. It explains basic food hygiene behaviours, provides the scientific justification for these behaviours and offers communications strategies for promoting the behavioural changes needed to prevent food-borne diseases.
Participants for the training will include Public Health Inspectors and, Health Educators of the Ministry of Health, Food safety Inspectors of the Belize Agricultural Health Authority as well as officers from the tourism sector, the Belize Bureau of Standards and Beltraide.
The team, which leaves on Friday of this week, will be meeting with executives of the Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Tourism and the Belize Agricultural Health Authority to discuss strategies to improve food safety including surveillance, training and the impact of food safety on the tourism industry among other related issues.
The visiting team includes representatives from the World Health Organization, the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama, and the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Source: Ministry of Health