During the festive season, the rich and the poor, men and women alike, are invited to the market to spend their time happily and peacefully with their families, relatives, and neighbors. This is one of the highlights of the pre-holiday movement. When the seller is tired of fattening, he sells the winter ox, sheep, goat, chicken, etc. to the market. In this festive market, profitable traders take their bulls, sheep, goats, chickens, etc., to the cities and earn their labor.
As we have seen in previous festive markets, the number of merchants who come to the market to sell something good and bring in malnourished bulls, chickens, etc. is not small. ፡ Searching
The harm caused by merchants who sell food mixed with foreign matter is not insignificant. In connection with this, what is the control of these illegal traders to bring them to the market and not sell them to the public? Residents of Addis Ababa have submitted their requests to our preparation room. Following the residents’ request, we contacted the relevant Ethiopian Food and Drug Regulatory Authority.
Ethiopian Food and Drug Control Authority Public Relations and Communication Head, Abera Deneke, said: The Authority always monitors the quality of food, whether it is available or not, as it is known to cause harm to the public. The work of federal and state regulators varies concerning food and drug control. Regional supervisors often control people who sell food mixed with foreign substances. However, this does not mean that federal regulators do not control this.
He said preparations are underway with federal and local inspectors and local security forces to arrest and prosecute illegal traders who mix food with foreign substances in connection with Easter.
According to Abera, one of the necessities of life is quality and safe food. However, the food may be spoiled and harmful in the process of being properly processed, stored, stored and transported, or safely delivered to the consumer. They are more harmful than healthy if they are healthy, provide safe food to the community, and do not go beyond the proper business system, and if we do not prevent and control illegal food trafficking.
According to Abera: Illegal food is food that is distributed, sold, and marketed without the approval of the relevant regulatory agency, without meeting the requirements, or without certification of production. In addition, illegal food is transported through a variety of illegal means. For example, food smuggled into the country in the form of cars, people, and animals without proper customs and other regulatory requirements is illegally imported or imported illegally and in combination with foreign substances. Unknown Food Additives: Dyeing: Seasoning: Drying ingredients are used to extend the shelf life of the food, shorten it, and market it.
Despite the government’s enactment of various laws and regulations and the establishment of regulatory agencies to prevent food smuggling, it has not been able to bring about the desired change. He pointed out that it is difficult to achieve the desired results due to the lack of resources and manpower required for the control and new illegal practices are constantly evolving.
According to Abera, the lack of awareness of the community, which should have been part of the control, has made it difficult to control. However, he said the superintendent is working with the public, the media, and various sections of the society and institutions to make the public aware of the issue and expose the illegals.
Regulatory agencies have a great responsibility to address the multifaceted problem of illicit food, with integrated and informed post-market research and the value of any suggestions coming from the community. He mentioned that he should do it. He also said that a better generation should be created tomorrow to protect the health of our society by jointly preventing illegal food trafficking.
According to Abera: He said the Ethiopian Food and Drug Regulatory Authority should be notified by calling the Ethiopian Food and Drug Regulatory Authority on hotline 8482 or the Addis Ababa Food and Drug Regulatory Authority on free hotline 8864.
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