The TCI's National Public Health Laboratory Receives Food Testing Equipment
The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services, through The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), receives the donation of a much needed piece of food testing equipment, “The Stomacher” food homogenizer as part of their hurricane relief efforts.
This instrument will be very important to the pioneering of food testing in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Public Health Laboratory will be opened in the upcoming months and will provide a means of testing food and water. Food testing was formerly conducted on a small scale in the Grand Turk Hospital Laboratory, but since the closure of this facility food testing has been suspended. It is indeed a wonderful opportunity to see the commencement of food and water testing on a wide scale in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The stomacher is manufactured to industrial standards. The circulator allows for easy and effective processing of multiple samples, without the risk of cross contamination. “The Stomacher” owing to the quality of construction and components, is highly durable and reliable, ensuring consistent homogenization during frequent use. It will provide for greater efficiency and quality because the samples are processed in their own individually sealed bags without any contact with the inside of the machine. This eliminates the need for washing and sterilizing in between samples.
CARPHA also supplied some ELISA kits for testing infectious diseases. We are grateful to the Caribbean Public Health Agency for these wonderful contributions.
For more information, contact the National Public Health laboratory on 338-5132.