Feb. 3, 2004 Effective Monday, the Health Department will issue food handlers' cards in St. John at the Morris de Castro Clinic in Cruz Bay. Previously, Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center handled this job for the department.
However, people needing cards may get their laboratory work, which requires a stool sample, done at Myrah Keating Smith.
Myrah Keating Smith Administrator Erica McDonald said that people needing laboratory work for their cards may go to any laboratory. Myrah Keating Smith has the only laboratory on St. John, but residents may use private or public laboratories in St. Thomas. She said the laboratory test costs $31.
A food handler's card is necessary for everyone working in the food service industry.
McDonald did not know how much the Health Department will charge for the card.
Efforts to obtain this information from the Health Department were unsuccessful. The person who answered the phone at Morris de Castro referred calls to the Health Commissioner's office in St. Thomas. No one answered the phone at the number listed in the telephone book, and there was no listing for either the commissioner's office or a food handler's card office on the main telephone number's automated directory.
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