"She said the vendors should not expose the food they are selling outside, because it can be contaminated with bacteria and can harm the customers that consume them.
She added that all the vendors that are in the business of food should first register with food safety and seek for medical paper or will not be given the authority to sell their items to the people."
Such improvements are obviously welcome and should be implemented PERSONALLY I have one concern ,that is how are the vendors going to pay for the improvements registration medical examinations etc,bearing in mind that they are petty traders just managing their survival ?
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA) has warned vendors at Tippa Garage to have quality assurance before venturing into food processing and marketing businesses.
This came following the institution’s surprise visit to the Bakoteh Fish market where they saw how vendors protect their foods.
The Food Safety and Quality Act, 2011 under the Office of The President, established Food Safety and Quality Authority of The Gambia. It is the sole National Competent Authority with powers of delegation mandated to officially control the safety and quality of all foods (including water and beverages) and animal feed whether locally produced, imported or destined for export.
Halimatou Baldeh, the risk communication officer at FSQA, explained that they have been sensitising the vendors about food safety but some didn’t comply.
“Today we have seen lots of things that are not good for the people, but the next step we would do is to seize some of their materials as they don’t want to comply.”
She said the vendors should not expose the food they are selling outside, because it can be contaminated with bacteria and can harm the customers that consume them.
She added that all the vendors that are in the business of food should first register with food safety and seek for medical paper or will not be given the authority to sell their items to the people.
She, however, highlighted that they will be very strict, starting from Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018, for those that have not registered with food safety and operating without medical paper, saying their business can be locked up.
“Any vendor who is practicing wrongdoing and does not want to comply with our work, it will lead the vendor face the law.”
She advised customers to be mindful of what kind of food they buy, adding that some people’s food items are not fit for consumption.
Marie Gomez, a vendor selling fish has never gone for medical checkup for six years now, however, she promised to do as required.
Lolly Ceesay, another vendor, said that she has been fish marketing since she was young.
She added that her main concern is to sell good food to the public and promised to do as required by authorities.
Author: Pa Modou Cham