FDA Schools Food Service Establishments on Good Food Hygiene and Food Practices
The Central Region office of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) organized a capacity building session for some 95 operators and managers of catering establishments (FSE) on good hygiene and catering practices.
The exercise aimed to address food safety concerns and prevent foodborne illnesses, promote the food industry and foster a cordial relationship between operators and the Authority.
The training covered, among other topics, “Documentation and Record Keeping” as well as “Food Law”, with particular emphasis on the need for FSEs to acquire the Food Hygiene License from the FDA.
Participants came from Cape Coast Metropolis, Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem, Mfantsiman and Assin-Fosu municipalities, and Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese, Assin North and South districts.
The Public Health Act 2012, Act 851, states that “any person who sells, prepares, packages, transports, stores or exposes for sale food under unsanitary conditions, commits an offence”.
The law further prohibits all FSEs, including restaurants, hotel kitchens, cafeterias and cafes, bakeries, mobile food vending operators and food delivery businesses, from operating without the certificate. food hygiene permit.
Sanctions included payment of a fine, imprisonment, or both.
Ms. Francisca Obeng, Acting Regional Head of the Authority, said the exercise was also part of efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3, which relates to good health and well-being.
She urged attendees to be mindful of protecting public health and safety, stressing the need for ETUFs to have a cordial relationship with the FDA.
She instructed all FSEs to obtain food hygiene permit certificates, pointing out that all establishments operating without a permit were committing an illegality.
“All food service establishments already registered with the FDA must post their certificates immediately,” Ms. Obeng added.
The FDA boss further urged the public to research the food sanitation permits at the various establishments before frequenting their services to protect their own health and safety.