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KNUST Food Festival Held

KNUST Food Festival Held

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has organised a Food Festival and Conference to sensitise both industry and consumers on food fraud and discuss among stakeholders the best and pragmatic steps to effectively eradicate food fraud in the country.

The first of its kind, the National Food Fraud Conference, happened in 2016 but has moved a step further to include Food Festival in 2018 under the theme: “Combating Food Fraud and Promoting Traditional Foods.”

The festival is aimed at celebrating Ghana’s diverse food heritage and culture, Africa, foreign and new food products developed.

Several food experts including the Food and Drugs Authorities educated students and the general public on the basic science behind food preparation.

Addressing students and the general public, the pro-vice chancellor of KNUST, Rev. Prof. Charles Ansah indicated that, ‘’it is becoming clear worldwide that the sustenance of culture is based on what a society wants to preserve and promote in the midst of globalisation. We are increasingly patronising fast food, where eating fast food now appears to be associated with social status. University communities are also caught in this web. Thus the KNUST food festival seeks to educate the university community and the general public about the variety, preparation and health benefits of our traditional and some extinct foods in Ghana’’.

The university showcased local food products that have been developed and also educated the university community and the public at large on the science behind the various foods, placing emphasis on convenience and competitive traditional products from local fruits and vegetables, nuts among others.

A senior lecturer at the Food Science department of KNUST, Dr Isaac W. Ofosu, highlighted on some practices by food manufacturers and venders which results in food fraud.

‘’Economic motivation is a key factor which triggers manufactures to engage in certain practices such as diluting olive oil with peanut oil, adding ash to powdered pepper, diluting wine with water among other practices’’.

He further called on the Food and Drugs Authorities to constantly embark on their mandate to ensuring that food that are sold on the market are produced to meet prescribed standards and to institute fundamental approach to combat food fraud in Ghana.

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