THE ACTING Upper West Regional Director of Food and Drugs Board, Mr. Gordon Akurugu, has reminded cold store operators in the region to acquire standby generators to make their operations effective or face sanctions.
According to him, the exercise would ensure that those who do not have cold store vans would not be allowed to transport frozen products out of the region to the district capitals.
The acting regional director cautioned the cold store operators and dealers in frozen foods in the municipality at a stakeholders’ forum last Thursday.
Mr. Akurugu said the whole exercise is to ensure that all frozen products sold in the region especially fish, poultry and meat products are wholesome for human consumption.
He appealed to all those who are yet to comply with the guidelines to do so to avoid any form of embarrassment within the next few months.
Mr. Akurugu explained that the enforcement of the guidelines has become inoperative due to the recent power outages being experienced across the country.
He said fish has certain qualities that made it wholesome and anytime power goes off, this quality is affected due to the break in the cold chain leading to decomposition.
Mr. Akurugu said it is important for the general public to know that FDB is not out to collapse people’s business but to help protect lives. He also cautioned against taking meat from local butchers for storage by cold store operators, a practice, he said, can easily spread anthrax.
Mr. Akurugu said most of the meat from the butchers is not certified and that the outbreak of the anthrax disease in the Upper East Region was imminent and stressed the need to e cautious about its spread.