Christmas Season is barely a month away and in Ghanaian settings, as much as the entire world, it is not far-fetched to assume the level of festivities coming up soon.
Most prominent among the meal delicacies will be rice foods, cold store chicken products and many more. An unfortunate development in recent years has been the increased trend of expired product consumption during the said period.
Many vendors take undue advantage of the season to clear out their shelves by selling expired products (particularly consumables) to citizens cheaply.
Speaking on Radio Univers’ Civic Education programme Obiara Nka Bi this morning, Head of Food Safety and Surveillance Unit at Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) confirmed that as it stands resources of the body are woefully inadequate to suit the needs of the masses.
However, this is in no way going to hamper the efficiency of the outfit in the coming season.
Mr. Benjamin Osei Tutu assured the general public that broad consultations and legislations were being made with the involvement of District Assemblies, Food Vendors Association and all other stakeholders to ensure optimum consumer safety.
He also revealed the increment of border checks by FDA to ensure that incoming foods met standards of wholesome value.
“It needs to meet at least two-thirds (2/3) shelf-life standards”, he remarked. Although measures like impromptu checks of foods in stores are going to be undertaken, the Food Safety Expert warned against deliberately buying recently expired foods for cheaper costs.
Citizens were encouraged to take dating labels seriously and check for them before making any purchases.
Mr.Tutu exposed further that “Conditions like heat and keeping sale of cans under scorching sunlight may cause chemicals in foods to react faster.
Thus, this may speed up the expiry date( even before the set time)”
ObiaraNka Bi airs every WEDNESDAY from 9am to 10.30am on Radio Univers 105.7FM with Andy Asante Okyere.
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