The Upper West Regional Director of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Albert Ankomah has called on local small scale food processors to take advantage of the new program, Progressive Licensing Scheme for small scale /cottage food processors to license their businesses.
According to the FDA Regional Boss, the government of Ghana, through the FDA has developed the new system of Progressive Licensing to support these small units, as they provide employment and generate income for their operators.
The Regional Director noted that, the charges for registering a product now under the program is made flexible and cheaper for businesses in the food processing industry.
He said “with a minimum requirement a product can be registered or licensed on the Pink level as and when he/she grows beyond the pink level, He/She graduates to Yellow and to the Green level”.
Albert further to note that, there will be punitive action against people operating without a license when caught.
The FDA will continue to protect public health and safety by reducing the risk of foodborne illness and contributing to economic development by maintaining consumer confidence in the food system and providing a sound regulatory foundation for domestic and international trade in food.
The Food and Drugs Authority will on Thursday, 9th July, 2020 launch a Progressive Licensing Scheme for Small Scale/ Cottage Food Processors. This Progressive Licensing Scheme will have three (3) stages of licensing (i.e. Pink, Yellow and Green). This scheme is aimed at helping the local food industry grow to an extent that all grocery shops/ supermarkets will be stocked with at least 60% of made in Ghana food products.