FDA INTRODUCES FOOD SAFETY SUPERVISORS’ COURSE
Pursuant to its mandate to protect public health and safety, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has introduced a Food Safety Supervisors’ Training Course for food supervisors and those aspiring to occupy that position in the Food Manufacturing/Service Industry. The course, which is in three stages, includes Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The maiden training course (Introductory Level) was held over a three (3) day period from 9th -11th April, 2018 at the FDA Head Office, Accra.
In the opening remarks made on her behalf by Mr.Ebenezer Kofi Essel, the Head of Food Industrial Support Services Department, the Acting Chief Executive, Mrs. Delese A.A.Darko, indicated that the training had become necessary in view of field observations which showed substantial non-compliances associated with food processing operations in the country. In her opinion, support to the food manufacturing industry through training of personnel and qualifying them as Food Safety Supervisors would not only make the industry comply with the provisions of the of the Public Health Act, 2012, Act 851, Part 7, Section 106 but also improve industry practices and inject a professional approach to food safety management in the food manufacturing sector in Ghana.
An assessment leading to an award of certificates corresponding to the appropriate level would be issued to deserving candidates at the end of each course after a candidate has successfully passed a written examination.
It is envisaged that this would be an annual training activity to allow for other food industry supervisors to participate.
Fifty-three (53) participants from twenty-eight (28) food processing companies drawn from both local and multi-national industries attended the maiden edition of the training programme.
The FDA hopes that at the end of the Training Courses, the candidates would have gained the requisite knowledge and skills needed to serve as good Food Safety Supervisors. This would also help define the criteria for Industry, going forward, for the selection of Food Safety Supervisors. Another advantage is the creation of a pool of trained Food Safety Supervisors across the country to service the food industry.
Participants expressed their satisfaction with the programme and course content. They indicated that, their understanding of the legal implications of food processing, the act of building a food safety culture, leadership responsibilities and the application of the Principles of Supervision has built their confidence and would help them execute their assigned responsibilities as Food Safety Supervisors in their various work places.
They were also enthusiastic and highly expectant to enroll in the Intermediate and Advance courses.
A repeat of the Introductory Level Course for a second group is slated for the third quarter of 2018 after which the Intermediate Course would be offered.