The Food Safety Management Department of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has organized a public education and food borne disease surveillance for street food vendors
A staff of the health food safety management department of the FDA Mrs. Jocelyn Egyakwa-Amusah said the program is aimed at ensuring food vendors prepare their foods in a neat environment to enhance public hygiene.
She said the Authority would also visit all food vendors, register and grant them permits as evidence that they have satisfied the health and hygiene expectations of the FDA.
Mrs. Jocelyn Egyakwa-Amusah revealed that the Food and Drugs Authority would from the year 2020 start the inspection of street food vendors to evaluate how they prepare and sell their foods.
She urged the public to be cautious when buying from food outlets so that these coming Christmas will be free from the sales of fake products.
Mrs. Egyakwa said the inspection project will be piloted in areas like Osu, Range way, Ministerial and Tema station.
Some vendors who spoke to the press expressed their appreciation to the FDA for taking them through the day’s workshop for street food vendors.
One of the participants, Mrs. Elizabeth Lamptey said the day’s workshop has shown them that quality of food prepared and the hygienic environment under which this is done by vendors is much more important and should supersede their incomes.
Other participants urged the FDA to make the workshop an annual exercise to educate them and ensure they comply with the standards required of their work.
Story by: Bismark Oppong (Reporter)/Radiogoldlive.com