Public Health Specialist Lionel Micheal has some advice for politicians, constituency representatives, and others who are dishing out turkeys, hams, and chicken this Christmas season.
The annual gesture ramped up this weekend with thousands to be distributed in communities across the island in the coming days.
Michael says people should be mindful of measures that they must take to prevent foodborne illnesses and food poisoning.
“Maintain the temperature of the frozen turkey, Chicken, and Ham at a steady 0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 degrees Celsius) at all times. The food items are to be kept frozen or cold at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below. For this method, a refrigerated truck or coolers can be used,” he said.
He said the food should not be left on people’s galleries at room temperature or in the hot sun.
“Do not drive around with the food items in the back of any vehicle for a long time. The delivery workers and householders must wash their hands after handling these food items. These food items are. contaminated with deadly microorganisms,” he cautioned.
He says these practices will help prevent Foodborne illness or food poisoning during this season and beyond.