HCC restaurant inspection slowed by low manpower

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BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO

Ms Ella Rizwold

LACK of manpower is hampering Honiara City Council’s (HCC) inspection of restaurants in the city, it is reported.

Ms Ella Rizwold, from the environmental health division, said the initiative to crack down on restaurants and eateries, which are not up to standard, had been given a two week timeframe.

However, due to the small number of officers they have, the operation could not be completed within this two week timeframe. And, what was supposed to be a two-week operation is still going two months on.

HCC has since teamed up with Guadalcanal Province and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) to get things done.

Rizwold says the joint taskforce will need more time to complete the task.

“This matter has put our division to work against time and have tasks piled up that yet to be carried out with in the capital,” said Rizworld.

The next task which HCC plans to carry out is inspect shops for correct labelling of food items in shops.

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