AMA Shutdown Circle-branch Of Las Palmas Eatery Over sanitation breaches

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Environmental Health Officers of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly have shut down the Las Palmas restaurant over sanitation breaches

This follows a visit to the Kwame Nkrumah Circle branch of the popular eatery, which receives hundreds of patrons every day.

Director of Public Health at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Florence Kuukyi, cited the unavailability of a dedicated toilet facility for the eatery, even though several of the workers there lived on the premises.

Other reasons included the unsanitary conditions under which the food sold at the eatery was being prepared.

Also, none of the workers was able to show a medical certificate qualifying them to sell food to the general public.

We are closing it down. First, because of the conditions under which they cook and sell the food. Look at the net above us, it had been overtaken by dust and cobwebs, and this is where they cook the food. So anything at all could fall into the food, and no one will know

Also, contrary to the AMA Bye-Laws 2017, they don’t have a toilet facility here. Some of them sleep in this building. It’s not far to think that when they are pressed, they do it in polythene bags and fly them outside

Florence Kuukyi noted

The supervisor at the eatery, who identified herself as Aunty Hannah, explained why none of the workers had a medical certificate.

When they did it, I was not here. I was in Kumasi, so I think that it is at our head office at Abeka. So I will have to call them to bring it

she initially explained

However, it emerged that the workers are new staff who have not taken the tests yet.

This added to the offences noted by the AMA team. They therefore issued a closure notice to the supervisor.

The closure notice takes effect on Thursday, July 22, 2021, until steps have been taken to correct the sanitation breaches.