More than 30 businesses in American Samoa shut down for health violations

Pago Pago (Talanei)-- The Department of Health has warned that businesses that prepare and sell food on their premises may face closure if health permits and certificates for both the food handlers and their businesses are not renewed for 2021.

According to Aileen Solaita of the Environmental Health Division, DOH has closed more than 30 food businesses in American Samoa since January 2021.

She reported that all of the businesses passed inspection to receive their certificates. However, the department later received complaints and re-inspection revealed unsanitary conditions and infractions like expired foods, filthy kitchens, cross-contamination between raw and cooked food and a lack of hot water.

DOH is also monitoring the sale of food items on social media to track down businesses.