Ice cream sellers given health warnings

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With the onset of summer seeing a rise in the demand for ice cream, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has warned sellers to abide by health regulations to protect consumers.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the ministry stated that inspectors would be checking on the making, distributing and selling of ice cream at outlets throughout the country.

The ministry stated that penalties for those who violate the law include store closures.

“Other requirements include making sure that the ice cream is stored in a sanitary location, and shops having the required sewerage systems. Stores must have their mixing machines at 4 degrees Celsius, warehouses should be free of humidity with good ventilation, and have pest control systems for insects and rodents.”

The ministry stated that stores must ensure their equipment have no copper, lead, cadmium, or other toxic metals.

“This is in addition to having refrigerators fitted with x-ray lamps for sterilization and preventing the production of microbes.”

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