Mr. Benjamin Osei Tutu, Head of Education of the Food Safety Management Department of the FDB, explained to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Wednesday that the exercise was to showcase a model market of sound sanitation and food handling practices, to promote food safety.
He said: “It is expected that when the measures applied for the pilot project are successful, it would be rolled out in other markets”
Mr Osei said the cooperation and positive attitude of traders in embracing change had made the market a showcase for other traders.
The exercise was supported by the Ablekuma South Assembly and Zoil, a subsidiary of Zoomlion, a Waste Management Company.
Mr Osei Tutu commended the traders for supporting the exercise, and said sound sanitary practices were basic to ensuring good health for the people.
Madam Emma Botchway, Acting Queen of the Dansoman market, told the GNA that the training had helped the traders to appreciate the importance of a model market.
Madam Alice Bondzie and Mrs Veronica Kwami also traders at the market, said the training had educated them on food safety measures.
The Project, include a series of seminars for market women and market queens, market administrators and environmental health officers, on market sanitation and safe food handling practices.
It is to address problems of unhygienic environment, improper agricultural practices at all stages of the food chain, lack of preventive controls in food processing, misuse of agro-chemicals and use of contaminated raw materials, which pose health hazards to the people. GNA