Press Release

Environmental Health
Release Date:
Friday, 5 February 2016 - 4:45pm

Roadside vendors and owners of food establishments are reminded that they are to be registered and licensed in order to operate within the Territory.

Acting Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mrs. Yolanda Penn said in addition to the proper licensing, all vendors and food establishment owners need to comply with the Public Health Food Hygiene Regulations.

 Mrs. Penn added that vendors are advised to set up mobile businesses in locations that would minimise risk to food operations. These establishments are also required to display their licenses where it can be easily seen by the public and patrons.

The Acting Chief is encouraging patrons to look for food licenses that should be displayed in plain view at all venues. The license confirms that the food establishment has passed inspection and has met requirements to operate.

Food establishments must meet the minimum requirements before a license can be obtained. The operation must have hot and cold running water, at least one hand-wash sink and be free of pest infestation.

Interested persons are encouraged to contact the Environmental Health Division for more details at telephone number 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.


Natasha Lettsome-Humphrey

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