Agbogbloshie market traders benefit from food safety awareness campaign

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Madam Irene Ekua Agyeman, the Focal Person for the Modernizing Agriculture (MAG) Program in Ghana, has warned the Ghanaian population against consuming unwholesome food in order to be strong and healthy at all times.

Consumption of such foods, according to her, is harmful to one’s health and well-being, and it also has the potential to degrade the country’s progress toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3.

“My suggestion is to constantly be conscious of what we consume in order to be strong and healthy.”

“There’s an old adage that says, “You are what you eat, so if you eat crap, you’ll become ill, so let’s always try to prioritize what we eat.”

Madam Irene Ekua Agyeman made this comment during an interview with media on the sidelines of her organization’s food safety awareness campaign at the Agbogbloshie market on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

The initiative, she said, was intended to raise awareness about the need of ensuring cleanliness and safe food handling in the country’s market areas.

A team of campaigners actively engaged numerous sellers in the Agbogbloshie market to raise awareness about the need of maintaining a clean environment and adhering to food safety rules in the country’s market areas.

Some activists marched the whole market square while playing jingles, holding banners with inscriptions encapsulating information on food safety and health standards.

Some inscriptions say, among other things, “Safe food today for a healthy future,” “always use clean water for cooking,” “let’s keep our market clean,” “cover all foods to avoid contamination,” and “don’t consume moldy foods, they may be poisonous.”

In her address to the merchants, Mad. Irene Ekua Agyeman intimated that food safety is everyone’s business, therefore they should all be concerned and insist on carefully adhering to food safety rules and ensuring that others do the same.

The campaign team, coordinated by Mad. Agyeman, also handed educational flyers with food safety information sheets to merchants to keep them aware and reminded of the need of maintaining excellent hygiene and food safety precautions in market locations.

The event, themed “Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow,” was capped off with a free health screening exercise, which saw market vendors, shoppers, and members of the general public go in large numbers to get their bodies examined for malaria and HIV/AIDS.

The Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) Program is a Ministry of Local Government project funded by the Government of Canada under the Decentralization and Rural Development Department.

The initiative gives direct assistance to the Ghanaian government in order to increase food security and modernize, equitable, and sustainable agriculture.

Other significant stakeholders/partners that contributed equally to the program’s success include the Ghana Tourism Authority, Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana Private Road Transport Union, and Agbogbloshie Market Women’s Associations, to name a few.

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