Food vendors advised to prepare healthy food

Mr. Emmanuel Asamoah Ansong, Public Relations Officer, Ghana Traditional Caterers Association (GTC), has urged food vendors to prepare healthy foods to meet international standard, using locally grown crops.

He noted that foods prepared at restaurants are the same as those displayed at the road side and the chop bars, but “the difference is the packaging and the environment”.

Mr Ansong said this at the election of new executives of Takoradi District branch of the GNTCA in Takoradi.

He advised traditional caterers to use fresh ingredients to prepare food for the consuming public and ensure that they adhere to strict environmental hygiene.

“He noted that it was sad that some traditional caterers use rotten vegetables and other ingredients which do not promote food safety.

He pointed out that most food vendors use their bare hands, unhygienic practice of serving customers.

Mr Ansong, therefore urged food vendors to use ladles, spoons and forks to serve customers and when necessary cover their hands with plain polythene tied with rubber band when serving consumers.

He advised the food vendors to develop a welcoming attitude to customers in order to maintain them and make their businesses to grow.

Mr Ahmed Sulley, Sekondi-Takoradi Environmental Health Officer urged food vendors to cover their food in order not to attract flies.

He encouraged them to undergo medical screening which has been subsidized by the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly.

“If you have not undergone medical screening, you will not be allowed by the Assembly to prepare food and sell,” he said.

Ms. Patience Dzakpasu was elected President of the Takoradi District branch of the GNTCA with Mrs Stella Owusu as the vice president and Madam Francisca Arthur as the secretary.

Ms Barbara Akosua Ntoah Financial Secretary, Ms Perpetual Appiah, organiser, Madam Comfort Nyarko treasurer and Ms Grace Atteky Porter.

Madam Patience Dzakpasu, President elect, expressed gratitude to the members for the confidence reposed in her.

She urged the executives and members to rally behind her to strengthen the association.

Source: GNA

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