International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Ensuring Food Hygiene and Safety in Ghana: a Legal Perspective
Agbezuge Sylvester (Rev. Fr)

Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation and storage of food in ways that prevent food borne illness. It includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazards. There are a number of legislations in Ghana which are formulated to ensure consumer protection and safety in relation to food products. However, recent sanitation and health challenges facing the nation imply that the relevant legislations on the subject are either not being enforced or that people are ignorant of them.This paper outlines and discusses the general legislative framework of food hygiene and food safety in Ghana. It also explains specific legislations which regulate each aspect of the chain of food production and offers some useful suggestions with regard to the implementation and enforcement of the relevant legislations designed to ensure food hygiene, consumer protection and safety in Ghana.

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