July 13, 2017 at 7:47 AM
If any food products are imported, a certificate of Food Safety is essential at importing location of any country.
What is the purpose of certification of Food Safety and Standard?
The main purpose of inspection of Food Safety and Standards is to regulate the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of food products to ensure safe and wholesome food for human consumption, in turn, the socio-economic welfare of the nation. Normally, once an import shipment of food products arrived at a destination customs location, the importer or his customs broker approaches the authority of Food Safety and Standard and apply for a certificate by applying as per the authority’s requirements either in person or online. The sample of such imported food product also could be drawn as per the terms and conditions of Food Safety and Standard Authority of Importing country. However, the customs authorities at import location can decide whether such certificate of food safety clearance is required against such import of food products under such import consignment. Port Health Officer, who is an authorised Government agency can issue Food Safety Clearance certificate for import or export.
In Ghana, a certificate from FDA (Food and Drugs Authority) is required to be obtained by the importer.
Apart from Food Safety and Standard Authority, there could be other government agencies like Plant Quarantine Office, Animal Quarantine Office, and respective Laboratories to serve for the safety of manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of food products to the nation.
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