The Oforikrom Municipal Assembly has commemorated the World Food Safety Day at the Onion Market, Anloga in the municipality on Monday, August 21, 2023.
The exercise which was carried out in collaboration with the Food and Drugs Authority- Ashanti Regional Office was to educate the market women on the implications of selling spoilt onions to people for consumption.
Trucks loaded with onions were kept at the borders of neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin due to the military coup in Niger to rot. Stranded drivers of these loaded trucks were helpless since they were denied exit from the borders of these countries several days which resulted in the spoilage of the onions.
These spoiled onions have been brought into various markets within the country which have mostly being purchased by food vendors who use them in dishes like shito (pepper sauce) and stews.
Speaking on the year’s theme; “Food Standards, Save Lives”, the Public Relations Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority, Mr. Daniel Gerado, advised the onion sellers on the need to dispose the rotten onions from the market to prevent causing harm to consumers.
The Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Prince Kwaku Duah also reiterated the importance of the market women to ensure that safety food is sold out to consumers. Again, he addressed the need to keep the environment clean to deter and prevent contracting diseases.
In attendance were the Municipal Environmental Health Officers, Madam Constance Akuka, Mr. Samuel Baah and the Regulatory Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority, Madam Serwaa Addai.