AMTA sensitises street vendors about importance of food safety

25 Apr 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) – The Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has sensitised street vendors about the importance of food safety and standards.
Twenty-one informal traders were trained at the Rundu Fresh Produce Business Hub and 19 at the Ongwediva Fresh Produce Business Hub earlier this month.
The training focused on topics such as food safety, quality and applicable laws; personal hygiene and cleaning and disinfection of food establishments.
AMTA said in a statement availed to the media on Monday the training was aimed at sensitising food traders on the importance of health, safety, consumer protection and a sustainable environment, while at the same time promoting the use of best practices in the value chain.
The agency is entrusted with ensuring that the National Food Safety Policy, introduced in 2015, is enforced.
The policy ensures that control standards are established and adhered to with regards to food production safety, food production hygiene, animal health and welfare, plant health and preventing the risk of contamination from external substances. The policy also lays down conditions for regulating appropriate labelling for food products.
AMTA Manager for Food Safety and Standards, Salomon Tsanigab was quoted in the statement as saying the overall objective of the National Food Safety Policy is to create awareness about food safety and hygiene procedures to be adopted by consumers, food business operators and street vendors in order to ensure food safety and quality at all times.