Food Safety and Quality Authority, recently honed the capacities of 26 young
food Entrepreneurs on Food Safety Mechanisms, at the North Bank Region’s major
town of Farafenni.
The five day event is part of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) being implemented by The Gambia in partnership with the International Trade Centre, and financed by the European Union.
The training aims to capacitate food business owners with skills for the implementation of food safety management systems and is part of FSQA’s ongoing food business compliance programmes.
Participants were selected from within the regions and exposed to lectures and practicals pertaining to food safety, its importance, the best practices and systems, such as Good Hygiene Practices, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, among other factors that minimize contamination and mitigate risks in food.
They also acquired the required knowledge to run food businesses, like bars, restaurants, food processing establishments, supermarkets, street food vendors and a lot more, to be in compliance with the food safety laws of The Gambia.
The training is widely hailed by organisers as one that will usher in more compliance to food safety standards, protect consumers, improve businesses and contribute to the viability & growth potential of the food sector.
The director general of the Food Safety and Quality Authority, Zainab Jallow, during the training, pointed out the importance of such trainings, as part the authority’s mandate to ensure safe and quality food for all.
“This training is important in ensuring food safety, improving livelihood of the food business owners, and also assuring consumer confidence.”