The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says it has intesnified public education at various markets along the country’s coast after dozens of dolphins and various other fish species were washed up at Osu and Axim during the weekend.
Whilst autjorities have warned against eating the dolphins and the fish species, as it not yet clear what caused their deaths, FDA was able to retrieve some of the dead fishes from a local market at Osu in the Korle Klottey Municipality.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the FDA Delese Mimi Darko who disclosed this to Morning Update host, Eric Ahianyo, on TV XYZ did not tell the number of the unwholesome fishes that were taken from local fish mongers and destroyed.
“We had some education; we did a lot of education; we managed even to take some [of the fishes] that had already gotten to some of them [market women]. in fact what had gotten to them, we managed to take and it was destroyed immediately yesterday,” Madam Darko said as she briefed Ghanaians on what they were doing to ensure food safety in Accra and its environs.
She said after the FDA received reports of the fishes that had been washed ashore, the FDA and the Enviromental Protection Agency, the Police and the Fisheries Ministry went to the Osu Castle beach to commence investigations into the matter.
“Immediately we left the shores in Accra, we went to the neighbouring markets together with the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly,” she said “the FDA has been working with the Municipal Assemblies, the EPA and the police.”
“We actually went to the field to see exactly what was happening and samples have been taken for analysis by the Ministry of Fisheries,” Delese Darko added.
she said the FDA’s main concern is food safety and public health and safety hence they have intesnified surveilance in the markets along the country’s coast from the Western Region to the Central Region.
“….And so for us [FDA], the main concern was that none of this fish, since we are all not sure exactly what the problem is, should end up on the market and for people to consume.”
Some local people at Osu have said the phenomenon is quite strange, but Ghana’s Fisheries Ministry has said samples have been taken for laboratory analysis as the FDA has assured it is “continuing with the public education in the market places” along the coastal belt of the country.
Madam Darko also said fishermen have assured that wthey will collaborate with the Assemblies and the FDA to ensure residents in the areas don’t consume these fishes.
Meanwhile consumer trust for fish in the market has began dwindling, as authorities go ahead with investigations.
By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com|Ghan