Media Release: Garden Route District Municipality EHPs conduct health and hygiene education sessions in Kranshoek, Bitou
For Immediate Release
15 September 2022
Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) from Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM), Nokuphiwa Mbali, recently visited various spaza shops in the Kranshoek area to educate shop owners about health and hygiene practices within their shops.
In an effort to prevent food-borne illnesses in Kranshoek, a total of seven (7) spaza shop owners were informed or trained on basic hygiene requirements, as well as the difference between “best before date/used by date” and “expiry dates”. In addition, they learned how to keep stock at a minimum and why regular stock monitoring, especially of food, is important.
Compliance to the R638 of the Foodstuff Cosmetic and Disinfectant Act, 1972 (Act No. 54 of 1972) and the significance of applying for the Certificate of Acceptability for food premises thereof, was also part of their discussions. The owners appreciated the session and cooperated with the EHPs to ensure that their shops and communities they service benefit from their healthy and hygienic practices.
DID YOU KNOW?
Best before date/used by date, is the date of minimum durability, or ‘best before’ date, is the date until which a foodstuff retains its specific properties e.g. taste, aroma, appearance, any specific qualities which relate to the product, vitamin content etc. when the product has been stored appropriately and the package unopened.
Expiry date, Use-by Date, is the date after which food will perish, and will no longer retain the marketed quality.
Feature Photo: Environmental Health Practitioner from Garden Route District Municipality, Nokuphiwa Mbali, (right) conducts Health and Hygiene Training sessions at spaza shops in Kranshoek.