The Acting Municipal Environmental Health Officer for the Yilo Krobo Municipality in the Eastern region, Mr. Daniel Kwaku Darku has warned food vendors to take food registration and licensing of their businesses very seriously. This, he explained, is because it is against the laws of the land to sell food to the public without medical and other statutory requirements.
Mr. Darku who took vendors through the process of food registration and licensing, reminded food vendors of the strict consequences in failing to abide these guidelines.
Explaining the processes, Mr. Kwaku Darko said food sellers and vendors must first write to the statutory bodies for the certificate of registration and business commences to first give you the legal right to operate. The vendors, as part of the registration process, Mr. Darku underscored, are also taken through a medical screening in order to ascertain their medical status.
The Environmental Health Officer said these in an interview with Nana Ama Sarfo, host of the Food Safety segment of the Food safety, Nutrition and Hygiene show on Rite FM, aimed at educating the importance of food registration.
He also reminded the vendors on the need to renew their registrations and medicals yearly in accordance with the laws of the land.
According to him, personnel from the Environmental Health Office go out for regular or routine inspection to put food sellers on their toes. This he attributed to the EHO’s objectives of maintaining food quality levels to ensure public safety and providing satisfaction and safety to every consumer.
He said the registration is also serves as a source of revenue for the country and there are circumstances that lead them to stop people from operating. He said some fail to renew their medical status yearly which is against the law “because within one year, one can contract a communicable disease which is easily transferrable,” he added.
Source: Nana Ama Sarfo and Prince Paul Amuzu/ritefmonline.org