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San Fernando’s food wars
Mayor of San Fernando Dr Navi Muradali continued his campaign to restore respect for proper hygiene in the second city’s restaurants on Wednesday, shutting down the restaurant at Southern Food Basket for public health violations. Fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken also came in for a warning when a potential for cross-contamination at the cash register was identified by public health inspectors. Ever since Dr Muradali served as deputy mayor, his interest in environmental safety was clear. In May 2011, he led a Green Expo at the corporation that championed sustainability.
In April, taking a cue from the aggressive championing of citizens’ rights by the Port-of-Spain mayor, Dr Muradali began a campaign to control noise pollution by bar owners in San Fernando.
The aggressive position taken by the San Fernando mayor on hygiene in the country’s second city is a welcome extension of those concerns. Since Dr Muradali launched his campaign, a shocking 20 food establishments in San Fernando have been shut down for hygiene violations. But that didn’t stop more from being closed down recently, their proprietors either wilfully ignorant of the cycle of visits or uncaring of the consequences.
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