Big supermarkets to be policed on food hygiene standards

There have been concerns with the way supermarkets display some of their food, particularly confectioneries.

Some callers complained of customers touching the unpackaged bread with their unwashed hands and putting it back down, saying it is unhygienic.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to JP Smith, Mayco member for Safety and Security about what needs to be done to ensure food hygiene in big supermarkets.

The supermarket want it displayed in an attractive manner and that food theatre is vulnerable to droplets of some people coughing.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

Smith says the department is getting hold of major retail stores in order to start a conversation around food hygiene.

He says they are also drafting the guidelines which will be available by September 2017 that all retailers would have to adhere to.

There will be a R1 000 fine for first time offenders, says Smith.

We will deal with those who will not comply to the guideline because there are some food criteria that are susceptible to bacteria.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

People should also exercise the power of consumer. If you are unimpressed with how the food is displayed and you think it is unhygienic, go and tell the manager.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

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