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Aug 4, 2011

Belize City Council says vendors must comply with Health regulations

But the City Councilor with responsibility for the market, Philip Willoughby, maintains that the letter was delivered in July. He also emphasized that it’s an initiative of the Ministry of Health and not the simply the council, but that the vendors must comply with the notice. As for the conditions of the market, Willoughby told News Five today that the work to correct the problem should begin shortly.

Philip Willoughby, City Councilor Responsible for Markets

“I received a letter dated July twenty-sixth or twenty-fifth from the Ministry of Health, the public health inspector Mr. Bernard. Basically that document was saying that vendors needed to attain a food handler’s permit so to speak and I believe that the Ministry has been pushing or endeavoring that the vendors would attain this permit for some period of time. To this end, they have not.  This initiative is being promulgated by the Ministry of Health to ensure that the vendors within the Michael Finnegan Market and outside operate within the code of conduct spelled out in the Ministry of Health policies and that is to comply by having the food handler’s permit. It’s not a tedious process, it’s nothing hard. All you have to do is to go over to the Ministry of health, fill out your forms and get your approval and go ahead and do business at the market.”

Delahnie Bain

Philip Willoughby

Their problem is that they are saying that they got this notice yesterday and they are being told now that if they don’t get the permits by tomorrow they can’t sell at the market.

Philip Willoughby

“That’s not true. I believe the same day I received the communiqué from the Ministry; the document was photocopied and sent to the vendors. A second copy was forwarded against yesterday as a gentle reminder that you should and must comply.”

Delahnie Bain

“Another complaint is that whenever it rains, they lose a lot of products because their stuff gets wet and because that hasn’t been fixed, they are losing money. And they’re saying that is part of the reason why they haven’t dealt with the food handler’s as yet.”

Philip Willoughby

“Well, if the vendors were on the canal side, they would still have to contend with the issues of tents that they had and on the canal side their products were still on the ground. To this end, they are not on the ground so that’s one step above from where they were. Secondly, the council has approved the application to source the funding to build the structures to at least remove all tents around the market along with awnings that will be placed on the concrete structures. So that will be coming on stream very soon.”

Willoughby says that if the vendors would show good faith and make an effort to apply for the permit, the council and ministry will be lenient enough to accommodate them. He also noted that the responsibilities for the market will be relinquished to the City Administrator while he focuses on campaigning for the upcoming municipal elections.

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10 Responses for “Belize City Council says vendors must comply with Health regulations”

  1. blvnjah says:


  2. Earl Grey says:

    WHO DESIGNED AND BUILD THAT MARKET….it’s a effing…..dump.
    and………WHY IS FINNY’S NAME ON IT??????????????????????

  3. Sugar says:

    After ALL the $$$$$ spent, Bze city still has a sh**-hole for a market…when will someone get something correct??

  4. Tim says:

    how can you ask for food handlers when these people are selling off the ground, u dumb scumbag!! I can’t take this guy on tv. he’s a waste of tax payers money… get them proper sanitation and then you can ask. dumb @$$

  5. Elena says:

    When will City Council stop bothering these poor people mein?? These people barley make a living selling their products!! Why the hell don’t they bother the people with the big bills!! PHILIP WILLOUGHBY Is a jackass!! I think he is the the best jackass Belize ever produced!!

  6. Elena says:

    PHILIP WILLOUGHBY You are the best jackass that Belize Produced!! We are ashamed to have you in our City Council!! Leave these people along!! You have spent the entire time bothering these people that work very hard for their money!! I would love if you would trade one week to be in one of these people’s shoes! You would be crying like the …….. you are!

  7. ang says:

    Mein find out when the post was delivered the people neva say they won’t comply it takes sometime for Belizeans to do this why not a team from MOH or council come educate the vendors and Chinese sellers as to benefits of taking this course?

  8. check it out says:

    Phiilp Willoughby equal UDP City Council..Dumb as a mule, so dumb he does not even realize it. he told Jules a couple months ago that he is the best young politician in the UDP>>>

  9. oscar965 says:

    The rich get all the breaks so the city council have to tax the poor man. Shame on them. First give the vegetable vendors something decent which you can rent to them. The vendors need to keep it clean..then you would be in a position to demand a food handlers. And by the way…a food handler should be required for the handling on any food that is consumed. People are wrong in thinking that “only if you cook food”.

  10. Orangewalkeno abroad says:

    Hey Mr. will to be,open your eyes.I am sure u will not open your red heart.Do u know what a food handler;s certificate is?For your and all educated ignorants information,a food handlers certificate means that a person must take a course on food handling including but not limited to a knowledge of the type of fruits or fegies or meat they are dealing with.The Micheal fini gone responsibility lies in puting the acceptable sanitary standards among other regulations including the proper environment. It is not a matter of accepting applications and collecting money[che cheng].I hope u r not thinking of removing haad working deserving people fi put u lambiscones.Mek it simple,get of a mi bak an roll.And by the way,stop calling Belizean public property and landmarks with these ridiculous names.

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