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Presentation on the ongoing Food Establishments Assessment & Inspection in Montserrado County Date: December 29, 2017 Presented by: Francis F. Tamba Food Safety Coordinator DEOH/NPHIL
Background • The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) through Environmental Health Technicians is responsible to ensure food safety and prevent food related hazard that threatens public health. • Routine inspection/monitoring of food establishments ensures that food establishments are in compliance with the Public Health Laws of Liberia.
Background • NPHIL, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce, is currently conducting inspection of food establishments in Montserrado County • The exercise will run from December 10 -31, 2017
Targeted Health Districts v. Greater Monrovia v. Somalia Drive v. St. Paul Inspection Ongoing Inspection Pending
Goal • To identify and assess food establishments operating in Montserrado County for regular monitoring and surveillance keeping.
OBJECTIVES v To ensure food safety for the prevention of food borne diseases (e. g cholera) v. To gather useful data on food establishments in Montserrado County for regular monitoring and inspection purposes. v To evaluate the sanitary conditions of food establishments and take necessary public health actions
Factors contributing to contaminated food • Non-potable water used in food preparation • Equipment (slicers, cutting boards, knives…) not properly cleaned • Food became contaminated during storage. • Infected persons (e. g. carrier of Salmonella Typhi, persons in incubatory phase of hepatitis A, persons infected with norovirus and intestinal carriers of Shigella) contaminated foods that were not subsequently heat-processed
Methodology v. Development and production of inspection/monitoring check list v. Printing of Food Safety brochures and distribution to the business establishment. v. Consultative discussion with relevant stake holders including county health team, city council etc. v. Conduct of an orientation session for the inspection team v. Conduct of education campaign on food safety using radio spot messages, talk shows and radio announcements on the inspection exercise v. The consumer protection group will be integrated into the inspection exercise as well as staff from the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), Waynesville City Corporation (PCC), the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) among others.
Type of Food Establishment Inspected NO FOOD ESTABLISHMENT TOTAL ESTABLISHMENT VISITED 1 RESTAURANT 30 2 EATING PLACE 49 3 OFF-THE-PREMISE RETAIL FOOD PROCESSING 85 N=164
Valid & Displayed Business Registration Certificate N=164 Current Medical Certificates of Employees available
Summary of findings from food establishments inspected N=164 71% 59% 48% 41% 52% 54% 53% 47% 46% 52% 56% 48% 44% 29% Adequate Supply Adequate Facilities Personal Hygiene Area Secured from Area Prone to Area Waste can of Portable Water Drainage & Waste Designated for Facilities Available potential sources Infestation of Pest not be removed for Facility Disposal System Cleaning food, of contamination effectively utensils… Yes No
Unsanitary facilities for cleaning utensils
Food prepared in unhygienic environment
Summary of Public Health Actions Taken N 0 Actions Taken Total Facilities 1 Warning Notice 96 2 Citing Mgt To Meeting 21 3 Closure Notice 12 4 No Further Action 35 N=164
Next step §Continuation of the exercise §Hold meetings with establishments cited §Revisit establishments issued closure and warning notices §Work with relevant stakeholders to enforce the Public Health Laws of Liberia (e. g closure of non complaint food establishments)