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If it is not safe it is not food – FDA

BY: Naa Afarley Quarcoo

The food and drugs authority in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) has launched the world food safety day under the theme safe food now for a healthy tomorrow.
This year’s theme “safe food for a healthy tomorrow” is to inculcate the idea that safe food production and consumption is beneficial for all.

The United Nations and the world health organization has set aside 7th June to celebrate world food safety day under the theme “safe food for a healthy tomorrow” with the aim of draw attention and encourage the practice of food safety standards to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks and diseases.

Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health and if this is not achieved could bring Foodborne diseases which impede socioeconomic development by straining health care systems, and harming national economies, tourism, and trade.

Dr Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, chief director at the ministry of health who spoke on behalf of the sector minister noted that the CEO for the FOOD and Drugs Authority Mrs. Delese Darko indicated that the regulator in the food supply chain has initiated some food safety agendas adding that the outbreak of covid 19has compelled all stakeholders to be strict on all food safety standards.

The world health organization’s report indicates that 1 out of 6 people representing 600 million people across the world fall ill after eating contaminated foods and nearly 420,000 lose their lives.
Dr. Francis Kasolo, WHO representative to Ghana said the World Bank estimated in 2018 that 110billion USD was lost due to health conditions relating to contaminated foods.

DR. Jocelyn Egyakwa-Amusah, Head, Food Safety Management Dept of the FDA explained the importance of the Food Safety Emergency Response Plan rolled out by the FDA with support for the WHO.

Source: Adoanewsonline.com

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