Maintain and stick to safe and healthy food practices-

| Updated Oct 27, 2017 at 5:54am



FDA urges public

The Upper East Regional Director of Food and Drugs Authority, (FDA), Zakariah Braimah, has stressed the need to maintain and stick to safe and healthy food practices.

He emphasized that for a healthy nation, it is necessary for consumers to ensure that while receiving adequate nutrients, they do not develop food- borne diseases.

The Regional FDA Director made the call at a clean-up exercise organized by the FDA as part of activities marking the World Food Day Celebration in Bolgatanga.

It is observed around the world by more than 150 countries, raising awareness to issues that cause hunger and poverty.

Each year in order to highlight areas for focus and improvement, World Food Day adopts a different theme.

The celebration of this year’s World Food Day is on the theme “Enhancing Food Security through Safe Food Practices”.

He revealed that nearly 98% of worldwide hunger exists in underdeveloped countries.

Almost 1 in every 15 children in developing countries dies before the age of 5, most of them from hunger related causes.

He said the Zero Hunger Challenge, launched by then UN secretary-general Ban ki-Moon, in 2012, aims for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition.

This, according to him, requires efforts to ensure that every individual enjoys the Right to Adequate Food; women are empowered, priority is given to family farming; and sustainable food systems.

He said in large scale cooking, food is handled by many individuals, thereby increasing the chances of food contamination due to improper handling.

Mr. Braimah said deliberate or accidental contamination of food during large scale production might endanger the health of consumers, and have very expensive repercussions on a country.

Mr. Braimah said in order to enhance food safety the FDA is collaborating with stakeholders in providing the general public access to food safety principles.

Speaking on the significance of the clean-up exercise, Madam Jenifer Bonnah a staff of the FDA said the move was aimed at sensitizing the public about the need to practice personal hygiene.

She underscored the need for the general public to keep their surroundings clean.

The Environmental Health Officer of the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly, Williams Ayambire, appealed to residents in the area to attach importance to environmental sanitation, and work together to rid the suburbs of the municipality and the region at large of filth.

This, he said, is the way to go, to prevent the outbreak and spread of diseases.