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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 15, 2012

Department of Health to Implement New Procedures for Food Handler Card

Acting Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett announced that the Department will soon implement new procedures for obtaining a Health Certificate/Food Handler Card, commonly referred to as a health card.

As part of these new procedures, beginning June 25, 2012, the Morris F. de Castro Clinic on St. John will no longer serve as repository for laboratory specimens necessary for obtaining a health card. 

“This new procedure is being established to ensure proper collection, storage and transport of laboratory specimens that are compliant with guidelines established by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute,” Plaskett said.

The process for acquiring a health card territorywide will also involve an educational video on infection control and proper food handling as well as demonstrations of hand washing techniques.

“Food handlers’ knowledge of infection prevention and control measures such as proper hand washing techniques will help to reduce the transmission of food borne illnesses and safeguard the health of the community,” Plaskett said. 

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