SECOND PHASE OF FOOD SAFETY SUPERVISORS’ TRAINING ENDS
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mrs. Delese Darko, has successfully ended the Second phase of the three days Food Safety Supervisors’ Training Course (Introductory Level) for thirty eight (38) supervisors and persons aspiring to occupy supervisory position in the Food Manufacturing and Service Industry.
The course is aimed at equipping participants with the requisite knowledge and skills needed to serve as Food Safety Supervisors as well as to create a pool of trained Food Safety Supervisors across the country to service the food industry. The training would also help define the criteria for the selection of Food Safety Supervisors for the food industry.
In her closing remarks, Mrs. Darko, indicated that the training has become necessary in view of field observations which showed substantial non-compliances associated with food processing operations in the country.
She therefore stated that the knowledge the FDA has provided through this training was not only to qualify them as Food Safety Supervisors but to comply with the provisions of the Public Health Act, 2012, Act 851, and to improve industry practices as well as to inject a professional approach to food safety management in the food manufacturing sector in Ghana.
Mrs Darko therefore reminded the participants that they have been trained to become food safety ambassadors and focal persons in their various companies. She therefore charged the participants to create and uphold the highest levels of food safety standards because the FDA would hold them responsible for infractions in their company during the routine Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) inspections or audits.
Mr. Ebenezer Kofi Essel, the Head of Food Industrial Support Services Department during the opening ceremony of the three days course mentioned that the course, which is in three stages, includes an Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Level. An assessment leading to an award of certificates corresponding to the appropriate level would be issued to participants who have successfully completed course.
The participants who are drawn from both the local and multi-national industries have been trained in the legal implications of food processing, the act of building a food safety culture, leadership responsibilities and the application of the Principles of Supervision among other topics.
The participants have expressed their satisfaction with the programme and course content and have indicated that the new knowledge acquired would help them execute with professionalism, their assigned responsibilities as Food Safety Supervisors in their various work places.
The participants were also enthusiastic and highly expectant to enroll in the Intermediate and Advance courses in due time.
The maiden course (Introductory Level-Phase One) was held from 9th to 11th April, 2018 at the FDA Head Office, Accra.