The Ministry of Health, in association with the Bureau of Standards, advises that before consuming ackee, individuals must ensure that: the ackee is mature and fully opened; thoroughly cleaned by removing the seed and the pinkish/reddish membrane; washed properly and cooked before eating; dispose of the water and cook other foods such as salt fish, ground provisions and rice, separately.
Cases of ackee poisoning in Jamaica are isolated and usually occur when ackee is improperly prepared in domestic situations. The Ministry of Heath continues to monitor the situation and educate the public on the proper selection and preparation of ackee, so as to prevent these incidents from occurring.
The Bureau of Standards will continue to maintain its rigorous monitoring of food processing establishments, in order to ensure that ackees are processed according to the specifications of the required standards.
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