TRADE MINISTER ADDRESSES FOOD SAFETY CONFERENCE IN ETHIOPIA
The Hon. Minister of Trade and Industry Peter Bayuku Konteh has addressed the International Food Safety Conference on the theme Strengthening Commitment to Food Safety Locally and globally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The main aim of the conference is to address the growing concerns and strategic relevance of food safety issues in our national and international development agenda.
In his address, Hon. Peter Bayuku Konteh emphasizes the growing incidences of cancer related diseases in Africa and stated that this will serve as a clarion call to address issues of food safety.
He added that unsafe food should not be consumed and therefore should not be in our market places, even in extreme circumstances of poverty or desperation as the consequences of consuming unsafe food are adverse, as they have far reaching health implications with negative impacts on the workforce, the community and the economy.
Hon. Konteh disclosed that the Government of Sierra Leone is presently focusing on the following measures, review of old and obsolete Policies and Trade Related Legislations, especially for food safety regulations, established “One District One Industry” Programme based on relative comparative advantages.
Especially for safe organic food production purposes and the resuscitation of our KOINDU International Market as a Trade Hub in the Mano River Union, with all products meeting proper international standards and quality.
Hon. Konteh concluded that as a country we recognise the importance of Food Safety and fully conscious of building up a strong multi-sectoral and regional collaboration to ensure rapid response to food safety emergencies and outbreaks of food-borne diseases.