FDA and WFP collaborate to enhance safety and quality of food in Ghana
The World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has signed a memorandum of understanding to provide 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 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; understanding food safety and quality issues faced by processing facilities in the 3 project regions; and to sample and analyse products sold by 38 retail facilities to understand the level of food safety risks in the consumption of cereal blends in the project regions.
As a 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.
These activities are to 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 programmes.
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 flours.
The WFP Country Director commended the FDA and assured the CEO that this is just the beginning of a long relationship with the FDA and that the WFP will collaborate with the FDA to ensure public health and safety.
The CEO of the FDA thanked and 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 and safety.
The WFP has therefore 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.