The Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, in collaboration with key stakeholders, has sensitised Ghanaians on the enforcement of food safety bylaws. The key stakeholders, made up of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Food and Drugs Authority, and Modernising Agriculture in Ghana were conducting a campaign on the theme, “Safe Food now for Healthy Tomorrow.”
Personnel from the Ministry of Local Government were spotted at the Agbogbloshie Market with placards displaying messages on the awareness of food safety.
According to the focal person for the Local Government Ministry, Irene Afiyi, her Ministry and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture were implementing a modern project to support agriculture in Ghana.
She disclosed that the awareness was initiated to ensure that any food that Ghanaians consume was good and poison-free, and as such, decided to start in the markets because that was where we purchased food items.
Also, the Environmental Health Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Banawo Vitus, added that food safety had been their major challenge. In his view, the awareness would help food venders safeguard their foods and know how important it was to protect food from contamination.
He emphasised that his outfit would continue to make sure those who violate the sanitation bylaws face the law.
The Head of Communication for the Ghana Private Road and Transport Unit (GPRTU), Ibrahim Moro, on his part, urged the environmental officers to continue to ensure that food vendors in the markets adhere to the food safety bylaws. “Whatever they sell to the public, if it is good, it is good for us all, and vice versa,” he charged.