GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana has issued a directive urging event organizers and e-commerce platforms to enforce strict regulations by only allowing FDA-licensed food vendors to advertise and sell their products.

In a statement signed by Dr. Delese Darko, the CEO of the FDA, the authority emphasized the necessity of compliance with food safety standards to protect public health.

The statement highlights the legal framework under Section 130 (1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (Act 851), which prohibits the sale, supply, or storage of regulated food products without proper registration and permits.

Food Service Establishments (FSEs), including restaurants, bakeries, online food businesses, and event caterers, are required to obtain valid Food Hygiene Permits (FHP) from the FDA.

To ensure adherence to regulations, the FDA advises e-commerce businesses and event organizers to verify the FDA licensing status of food vendors before allowing them to operate on their platforms or participate in events. This includes confirming the validity of Food Hygiene Permits and conducting food safety inspections to guarantee compliance.

Food vendors without valid permits are instructed to rectify their status by obtaining the necessary permits from the FDA and facilitating food safety inspections of their facilities. Strict adherence to these requirements aims to mitigate the risk of foodborne illnesses and uphold food safety standards in the industry.

The FDA stresses the importance of public awareness regarding licensed Food Service Establishments, providing access to a list of approved vendors on their website and through their offices. This transparency allows consumers to make informed choices and ensures the quality and safety of food products available in the market.

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