The Ministry of Health are cracking down on the increasing number of what they’ve described as online illegal food businesses offered to the public that do not have Health Certification or Notice of Compliance.
In a public notice dated 11 January and signed by Samoa’s newly appointed Director General of Health, Aiono Dr Alec Ekeroma, the Ministry warns that food businesses cannot operate without an approved Certificate of Health and Notice of Compliance issued by the Ministry.
These requirements guarantees that the food operation and facilities align with the Ministry’s requirements and ensures the safety of the food consumed.
“Non compliance to health certification is prohibited by food legislation and Subject to section 13 of the Food Act 2015.”
The letter advises all food businesses not yet legally approved by the Ministry of Health, to cease online advertisement and operation of their food business until they have applied to the Ministry for certification and ensure they comply with health requirements on food safety.
“We also advise the public to avoid purchasing from such food businesses as food being catered may be compromised of its food safety.”
The Director General says the Ministry will continue to monitor and enforce food businesses to ensure that food served to the public is safe for consumption.