FDB advocates measures to eliminate food borne illnesses

The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) on Tuesday called for the enactment of
appropriate, science-based and well-designed measures to eliminate
food-borne illnesses, which claim the lives of 86,100 annually with 10
people dying hourly of food-borne illnesses in the country.

Mr
John Odame-Darkwa, Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Food, speaking
at the opening of a conference on Food Safety in Accra said some 2.335
million Ghanaians suffered from food-borne illness and described the
figure as exceeding all other reported known causes of mortality in
health facilities.

The conference, which formed part of the Food
Safety Week celebrations organized by the FDB, brought together
stakeholders in the food industry as well as food regulators. It is
under the theme; "Clean Markets, Safe Food, A Healthy People".

It
will also develop a food safety response plan, which will aim at
enhancing the protection of the nation’s food supply system through
prevention, detection, appropriate response and recovery.

Mr
Odame-Darkwa said it was unfortunate that despite all efforts by FDB
and other stakeholders to ensure food safety, it still remained an
issue that needed an urgent attention.

He expressed regret that
food stuffs, especially fruits and vegetables were exposed to
unhygienic environment causing food contamination, which could be
harmful to our health.

He called on consumers be food safety
conscious, ensure clean markets and urged traders to sell hygienic
foodstuffs to consumers.

Professor Samuel Sefa-Dedeh, Dean of
Faculty of Engineering of the University of Ghana, said market played
an important role in the food supply chain, which needed to be
regulated.

He called for the review of the institutional
arrangements for the transportation of food from the farm to the market
and to various homes of consumers.

He also called for the
improvement of the source of safe and nutritious foods, a proper market
infrastructure, maintenance and administration to ensure safe food
handling.

Source: GNA