Health Officers of the Gambia Ministry of Health and Social welfare have embarked on a massive confiscation of expired food items in the Upper River Region. The move aims to foster qualitative food consumption food and augment the already ailing health care system in West African nation.
The team which appears uncompromising and determined to attain its objective has confiscated several expired goods including Tomato pastes, milk powders, sugar bags and cartons of mayonnaise. The officials also visited other food vendors who were advised to cover their foods to avoid cross-contamination from the flies that cause Salmonella and Shigella.
“These expired food items have been confiscated to avert health hazard to the people. We want to make sure that food consumption safe, healthy and palatable” Modou Njie a Senior Public Health Officer in URR underscored. “Selling expired food in Gambia is against the law and the food act 2005 enacted by the parliament. We have warned business sectors including the Super market owners and shop owners to desist from selling expired food items and those found in the act will be prosecuted in accordance with the law “Mr Njie further cautioned.
“The general public is urged to report anyone engaged in selling expired and expose food to the public” another officer added.
In January2014, the World Bank officials said they will cease funding of US$8 million projects in the country’s Health sector if the Gambia fails to meet the criteria of clinical waste management control in the country.