Training workshop for staff of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on risk analysis ended at the weekend with a call on participants to impact the knowledge acquired to benefits society.

The five-day training programme was aimed at enhancing market surveillance and inspections of facilities under the Trade Related and Quality Enabling Track (TRAQUE) programme financed by the European Union.

The TRAQUE Programme is supporting the Ministry of Trade and Industry in trade facilitation and capacity building with special attention to private sector development, Economic Partnership Agreement and support to the National Quality Institutions.

The contract for the project cost 239,000.00 euro.

Mr John Odame Darkwa, Deputy Chief Executive of FDA, said the project which started in April, 2014 would run for a period of 18 months and that over the past 10 Months, the two main components of the project have been initiated.

He explained that first was the acquisition of 50 Samsung Galaxy tablets to strengthen the market surveillance activities across the country and the ports of entry.

?This will reduce the number of non-conforming FDA regulated products on the markets and promote compliance to the Authority?s regulations in ensuring safety and efficacy of imported and locally manufactured food, drugs and household chemicals,? he added.

Mr Darkwa said the second component of the project is the capacity building of staff of the Authority for effective and efficient risk based regulatory decisions.

He explained that the risk analysis for the trainees focuses on how to determine the level of risk in food inspection as well as how to communicate risk to enhance food safety.

Mr Darkwa said the skills acquired by the participants would impact in decision making processes, by providing sound scientific opinions to help the Authority take strategic decisions to safeguard public health and safety.

Mrs Mariella Sandini, Team Leader of the TRAQUE Programme, commended the participants for their commitment throughout the programme and called for public private partnership in ensuring effective food safety in the country.

Some of the participants who spoke to the Ghana News Agency expressed satisfaction about the programme, adding that, they would use the knowledge acquired to impact positively on the manufacturing and retail sector.

GNA

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