The Food and Drugs Authority, FDA, will by the end of this year issue Street Food Vending permits to all food venders and hawkers in the country.
The move is to ensure that food venders meet the health, safety and hygienic requirements of the FDA.
The Head of the Food Safety Management Department of the Authority, Mrs Jocelyn Agyakwarh Musa hinted that the pilot will start from Ring Way Estates, Osu and the Ministries.
A new trend in street hawking now is the selling of cooked foods in traffic. Today, hawkers package kenkey, jollof, fried rice among others to consumers on the street.
On January 16, the Ministry of Health issued a Health alert to citizens on food poisoning following the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa, a type of food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated by listeria.
It is therefore frightening to see hawkers sell packaged cooked foods in traffic.
Head of the Food Safety Management Department of the FDA, Mrs Jocelyn Agyakwarh Musa in an interview with GBC’s Radio Ghana advised consumers to desist from buying food from vendors without licenses to ensure only vendors with permit operate.
The permit will last for a year after which vendors will undergo a renewal of the license.