Accra, June 22, GNA –
The World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) towards ensuring food safety and quality in
The MoU will help
assist in providing oversight on the safety and quality management,
post-production and market surveillance of targeted agro-food processing
companies in Ghana under the Enhanced Nutrition and Value Added Chain (ENVAC).
The WFP has hence
donated a cross country vehicle to the FDA to assist in ensuring the successful
execution of the project which covers activities from factories to retail
points as well as selected community level agro-food processors to support
nutritional value chain development within the regulatory framework of Ghana.
A statement copied
to the Ghana News Agency at the weekend said the objectives of the partnership
include assessing the level of compliance of 38 food retail facilities and 3
Industrial processors to FDA processing requirements by December 2019.
It said the
partnership would help in understanding food safety and quality issues faced by
processing facilities in the 3 project regions.
The statement added
that the partnership would also go into sampling and analysing products sold by
38 retail facilities to understand the level of food safety risks in the
consumption of cereal blends in the project regions.
regulatory body mandated by the Public Health Act 2012 (Act 851) to regulate
food, drugs, medical devices, household chemicals, tobacco and tobacco
products, the FDA would inspect the 38 retail facilities and 3 industrial
processes to assess the level of compliance to Good Warehouse Practices,
sampling and laboratory analysis of products across the 38 retail
facilities,” the statement added.
It added that the
activities to be undertaken under the partnership would enable the FDA and WFP
gain better knowledge of what pertain with respect to safety and quality
practices amongst retailers of fortified blended flours used in WFP nutrition
It said: “To
better monitor the quality management practices implemented by the three
industrial processors of the fortified blended flours and lipid-based
nutritional supplements, appropriate training programmes will be organised to
improve food safety and quality practices among retailers of fortified blended
Ms Rukia Yacoub, the
WFP Country Director commended the FDA and assured the CEO that the partnership
was just the beginning of a long relationship with the FDA adding that the WFP
will collaborate with the FDA to ensure public health and safety.
Mrs Delese Darko,
the Chief Executive Officer of the FDA assured the Country Director of WFP that
the Authority will work assiduously to ensure the success of the ENVAC project
and looks forward to more collaboration with the WFP to ensure public health
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