ILOILO CITY: Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on Thursday joined the Department of Health’s (DOH) campaign on food safety even during summer, reminding consumers to be aware of the cleanliness and preparation.
Barbecue grills for pork and chicken innards and meat, including street halo-halo stalls and ambulant peddlers selling fruit juices, fried and barbecue bananas, camote, sliced fresh fruits and other street food abound during the summer months.
Mabilog said that food safety is a must to guarantee that foods sold by street hawkers will not harm consumers.
He said the city’s sanitary inspectors must see to it that street foods are safe and fit for human consumption.
The DOH has raised an alert on the consumption of contaminated food or drinks that spoil easily during the hot summer months and may cause vomitting and diarrhea.
Children and adults are encouraged to wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating.
The common causes of food and water-borne diseases include unsafe sources of drinking water, improper disposal of human waste, unhygienic practice like spitting anywhere, blowing or picking the nose and unsafe food handling.