Food sellers without appropriate health certificates will be detained and punished, the Tema Metropolitan Assembly has warned.
The decision, according to Mr. Wisdom Aditse, Metro Environmental Health Officer, was made to lessen the likelihood of tainted goods being sold to Metropolis inhabitants and the general public, he told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on Thursday in Tema.
He said that getting the health certificate, which was given out following a screening process, was essential for making sure that no communicable diseases were passed on to the purchasers and for guaranteeing that the vendors supplied their goods in hygienic circumstances for the protection of the general public.
Mr. Aditse clarified that the screening sections also provided a place for educating vendors on the need of keeping their establishments and selling locations clean in order to avoid the spread of any diseases to the clients.
He stated that it was crucial to renew the certificate each year in order to determine the seller’s health condition and that failing to do so may land them in court.
“When we screen you right now, it expires at the end of the year, thus you need to be rescreened the following year,” he said.
Consumers were warned by the environmental health officer to watch what they ate, watch out for unclean food establishments, and report them to the assembly.