Press Release

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Ministry of Health & Social Development Units & Divisions
Public Health
Release Date:
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 4:30pm

Food handlers who are desirous of participating in this year’s Farmer’s Week activities are reminded that they require a valid food handler’s permit to be able to do so.

Officials at the Environmental Health Division have stated that all food handlers who will be operating a food stall and or selling prepared food items including food, drinks, ice cream, pastries etc. during Farmer’s Week activities are required to have a valid food handler’s permit.

Farmer’s Week activities will be held from January 30 to February 6 with the annual food fair on February 6.

Food handler’s educational sessions are held every Thursday at the Conservation and Fisheries conference room located in the basement of the Quastisky Building by the roundabout in Road Town. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. while the session begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 11:00 a.m.

Persons renewing their food handler’s certificates are asked to bring their expired certificate, work permit and/or picture identification and social security card.

Persons seeking to obtain a food handlers’ certificate for the first time are asked to bring the result of their skin test and stool analysis test, work permit and /or picture identification, social security card and one recent passport size photograph.

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.


Natasha Lettsome-Humphrey

Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
Telephone: 468-2286