Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Environmental Health
Public Health
Release Date:
Friday, 21 December 2018 - 11:00am

Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Lionel Michael states thorough inspection and investigation reveals that Del Monte Fiesta Corn poses no health risk to the Virgin Islands.

The Del Monte Fiesta Corn seasoned with red and green pepper had been recalled due to under-processing which can result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens this month. According to Del Monte Food Inc., the under-processing could lead to life threatening illness if consumed.

“We contacted the major local suppliers and importers and they confirmed that this product is not in the Territory. Thus I want to thank them for their continued cooperation and I would like to inform the public there is no need to be concerned,” said Mr. Michael.

The public is encouraged to take the following measures to avoid food borne illnesses this holiday season.

  • Wash hands thoroughly and rinse with clean warm running water before preparing food.
  • Separate raw and cooked foods to avoid the transfer of bacteria.
  • Clean and sanitise food preparation areas and equipment by using one tablespoon of household bleach to a gallon of water to wipe counter tops.
  • If using cutting boards, use a separate sanitised board for raw foods, cooked foods, fruits and vegetables.
  • Remember when shopping; do not place raw meat, eggs, fish and poultry with vegetables, fruits and ready to eat foods in the same area of the cart or shopping bag.

For questions or concerns, persons are encouraged to contact the Environmental Health Division at 468-5110.

The Environmental Health Division is committed to ensuring that all aspects of the environment with the potential to negatively impact health are managed efficiently to enable all persons in the BVI to attain and maintain optimal health and social well-being.


Adrianna J. Soverall

Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator
BVI Finance
Telephone: 852-1957