The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has raised alarm over the unhygienic practice of drying corn and cassava flour on some pavements along the Kanda Highway in Accra. The flour is used for making ‘‘Tuo Zaafi’’, a popular dish in Northern Ghana.
According to a news brief by the FDA, the practice exposes the flour to dust and other contaminants that could cause food-borne diseases. The FDA officers visited the location in March 2023 and found out that both market women and millers were involved in this practice to remove moisture from the flour for better storage.
The FDA said it had educated the market women and millers on site about the potential health risks of such practices and also engaged Assembly members and other stakeholders to help stop the practice.
The FDA urged everyone to join in the fight to end this menace and prevent any future outbreak of food-borne diseases. It said this was one of the many food safety measures that required collective efforts.