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Tribune News Network
Director of Dietetics and Community Services at the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) Moudi Al Hajri offered a series of tips to ensure the safe delivery of food to homes and avoid food contamination.
The tips include setting delivery hours from morning to midnight, delivering food through new and air-conditioned cars instead of motorcycles, using a refrigerator to store cold food and thermal containers for hot food, while separating the two from each other.
Hajri stressed the need to issue health certificates for delivery workers, set an annual comprehensive examination for them and offer courses on the importance of safe food delivery and personal hygiene.
To ensure quality assurance of food delivery, Hajri explained the need to place cameras in food delivery vehicles and to allocate special motorcycle routes away from vehicles and cars, highlighting the importance of establishing traffic control for motorcycles and the handing out of fine tickets if two delivery men are riding together or a driver is speeding.
“Food delivery applications save us time and effort; however, we need to consider concepts like health, personal hygiene and safety for delivery workers or those receiving the orders,” Hajri said.
She advised delivery workers to dispose of their face masks every hour, change their gloves for every new order, sterilise their cars, bags and containers regularly.
She highlighted the need to also constantly educate workers on how to limit the spread of viruses and safeguard their health and that of others.
Food delivery service is one of the main reasons behind the high rates of obesity and diabetes in Qatar, particularly in children and adolescents, due to easy access to the service, large meal portions and attractive prices and offers, Hajri said.
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