The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has awarded Kasapreko Company Limited its first Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certificate at a short commissioning ceremony at the Head office of the Company.

The Chief Executive Officer of FDA, Mrs. Delese Darko stated that the increasing demands from consumers for safer foods globally makes it compelling for every food manufacturing company as part of its food safety assurance measures to put in place a HACCP system, since it is designed to control and reduce the risk in production to safe levels.

HACCP System, is a food safety management tool which enables hazards to be identified and controlled before they threaten the safety of the food and health of consumers. It is a systematic preventive approach that identifies and evaluates biological, chemical and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe.

Mrs. Darko further stated that the FDA is yet to make the HACCP a food safety management requirement for the food industry in Ghana beyond the Good Manufacturing Practices which serves as a pre-requisite for HACCP.

She took the opportunity to appeal to Management of Kasapreko to take advantage of the Government’s One District-One Factory Initiative to expand its factories in the country.

The Finance Director of the Kasapreko Company Limited, Mr. Emmanuel Teiko in his address as the Chairperson of the ceremony, stated that, the Company has come extremely far in the production of beverage and the entire goal of the brand is to ensure his company produces products that are safe and wholesome for people to consume with absolute confidence.

He further expressed that implementing HACCP brings a lot of benefits such as protecting the consumers from food poisoning and other food-borne illnesses, improving the marketability of the company and brand image, revamp consumer confidence and finally affords them some due diligence defense when a legal battle arises.

The Head of Food Industrial Support Services Department of the FDA, Mr Kofi Essel, took the opportunity to also caution the company that the certificate is for a period of three years within which the FDA will be auditing the Company’s HACCP systems periodically to ensure they are conforming to standard practices as a requisite for the certificate renewal.

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