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Port Moresby City Health Authorities Inspect Vision City RH Hypermarket Butchery


National Capital District Commission (NCDC) has consolidated its commitment to quality food safety amongst residents following an inspection of RH Hypermarket’s butchery department at Vision City Mega Mall in the city.

After receiving a food complaint on Facebook, NCDC’s Environmental Health Officers Monica Nakilai and Jacklyn Onga inspected their butchery facilities and food items, especially fish, prawns and roasted pork which were reported as ‘stinky’ when prepared for meal.

On Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at midday they manually checked the food stuff and measured the temperatures of their butchery facilities including chiller, food display fridge and the cold room to establish whether they were in compliance with the food safety standards.

The food stock was all in good condition, they said, adding they could have been confiscated had they been stinky as claimed.

The duo said the temperature readings were within the acceptable levels, adding the management confirmed that prawns stock on display could last between 20 to 30 minutes; they are taken back to the cold room for refrigeration and then returned to the display machine, and the process continues daily.
This, they said, could have been one of the reasons why it got stinky when it was exposed to the atmosphere for longer time before preparing it for meal.

It was also found that local suppliers of pork lacked hanger in their van to ensure the meat is blood-free to avoid attracting bacteria which causes horrible odour, they said.

They further said the problem could lie with the suppliers and not the retailer.

The inspection is an ongoing effort by the commission’s Health Division to ensure food items meet food safety standards and are safe for human consumption.

This is one of the many shops inspected so far and have food items confiscated with the issuance of food seizure certificate.

According to the duo, they will write to the shop management to improve on capacity issues which could be equally shared between the retailer and the suppliers.

City Manager Bernard Kipit commended the female officers for a job well done.

Meanwhile, a joint investigation-into Boroma Piggery outside Port Moresby-is being planned end of this week by the National Department of Health, Central Provincial Health officers and NCDC Health Division.

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