A one-day sensitization workshop programme to educate and train vendors in the informal food and beverages sector was jointly organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA)in Accra.
280 vendors within the Traditional catering, drinking bars, local fast food, snack bars and outdooring catering services of the sector were educated on contamination hazards, food poisoning, foodborne disease, temperature control, construction and design of food premises, pest control, cleaning and disinfection, food safety.
Vendors were also entreated to avoid unhygienic food and beverage services and ensure sanity in their businesses for consumption.
Speaking at the workshop Mr Ekow Sampson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer(CEO), in charge of operations of GTA said the unsafe food practices in the Ghanaian communities posed as emerging issues in public health.
He stated that life threatening diseases such as cholera, typhoid, diarrhea is mainly caused by food posing and foodborne diseases.
Mr Sampson said Ghana for the past few years has experienced low economic growth due to government spending on health.
He advised the vendors to practice food safety and hygiene to avoid burden and increased healthcare expenditure on the government which could be used to acquire market centers, schools, roads and other infrastructure development in the country.
He therefore disclosed that the nationwide project was endorsed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ensure sanity in food and beverage consumption to curb death caused by food poisoning in the country.
On his part Dr Patricia Owusu-Darko, Director, Graduate School, Kumasi Technical University and tutor at the workshop who also advised the participants to take their lessons serious, follow instructions and ensure safety food and drinks services.
She also charged the participants to obey the rules and regulations in food and drinks practices in the workshop to avoid falling prey to the daily routine operations carried by the Food and Drugs Board Authority(FDA) and other enforcers and regulatory bodies in ensuring safety food and beverage practices and environment in the country.