Food safety is a very serious issue that cannot be left unattended to. However, Crop Science lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, Dr Frank Kwakucher Ackah has bemoaned the spate of food contamination in Ghana.
Speaking on the Atlantic Wave Morning show, Monday, he revealed that World Food Safety Day is a very important day. According to him, this day offers the world an opportunity to discuss three important aspects of the food processes.
Similarly, just as the preparation towards a journey is essential, so is proper food handling, preparations and storage essential.
“When we talk about food safety, there are three things we are talking about. Firstly, the handling. Secondly, the processing of food. And thirdly, the storage of food in a manner that best reduces the risk of people getting contaminated with food”.
Furthermore, he went ahead to state the dire consequences of food contamination. According to the plant pathologist, research has brought about a lot of statistics on food risks. Some of them include the number of persons who die because of food contamination. Also, there is the issue of diseases contracted as a result of pathogens in the food.
“About 200 diseases are obtained from the consumption of food. There are about 1 out of 10 persons to be infected by pathogens in contaminated food. It is very important. It is not a surprise that the world is putting so much in the management of aflatoxins in cereals”.
World Food Safety Day Helps promote the education of Food intoxication as part of efforts to reduce food contamination in Ghana.
Moreover, he asserted that because of natural situations like toxicity and other microorganisms found in certain areas, it may contaminate the food even before it gets to the market.
“These infections are caused by microorganisms. The crops we grow in the soil also contain microorganisms, so it is likely to be contaminated. The water for irrigation contains microorganisms and they could contaminate the food. Some of these microorganisms contain toxins and these lead to food intoxication leading to foodborne infection” he stated.
Dr Kwakucher noted that the Crop Science Department of UCC is enhancing its education strategies including encouraging backyard garden. In addition to this, they are also educating farmers to use water from the well for crop irrigation.
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