KSAMC moving to structure street food vendorsThursday, April 25, 2019
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Commercial Services Committee Chairman at the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), Duane Smith, has announced that the Corporation will be moving to address the widespread unregulated food vending practices that are taking root across the city.
“We are looking at several public health and public order issues that have been brought to our attention. With the spreading of several communicable diseases and being in a very active influenza season; we are moving to put measures in place to regulate the emerging market across the city,” Smith stated.
The Chancery Hall Division Councillor explained that several food vendors have expressed an interest to get regulated by the council.
“Many of these persons do not have food handler's permits; they do not follow best practices and the source of their food supplies and meats have raised concerns,” Smith said.
He explained that this interest in compliance and order welcomed and assures that he will be convening a meeting of stakeholders very soon.
“We must protect our citizens, encourage businesses and maintain order simultaneously. Hundreds of food vendors have become increasingly present and we have no record or systems to monitor their operations. This has to end,” Smith added.
He said that the Council will be looking at all vendors of food items including but not limited to hot dogs, jerked meats, fish and soups.
The KSAMC will also be collaborating with the Ministry of Health to work on the way forward and is also exploring the idea of gaining business development support from corporate Jamaica and the central government to train and assist the entrepreneurs behind these food carts and trucks.
“This is a part of our culture and we have had a few scares in the past. At the rate that it has been growing, the time is now to give street food culture the protection and structure that it deserves,” he said.