The government, through the Agriculture Ministry, is crafting recommendations that will guide the formation of a Food and Agriculture Authority in Uganda.
Additionally, the Authority seeks to coordinate public institutions involved in food and feed safety.
During a government consultative meeting recently over new legislation that will guide food safety, consultants noted that the Food and Agriculture Authority needs to belong under both the Health and Agriculture Ministries.
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Furthermore, speaking at the event, Mr. Kedera Chagema, a coordinator of the Food and Feeds Law, said the Food and Feeds Law Bill will ensure that food is safely produced, distributed, processed, marketed, and prepared for human consumption from the farm to consumption.
This assertion that the Health Ministry should be involved did not sit well with some people in the room. They mostly belonged to the agricultural ministry and looked tense.
However, Mr Bright Rwamirama, the State Minister for Animal Industry asserted that they need to work on the issue of doing away with silos in the country’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies
Mr. Chagema said, “In Kenya, we came up with the Food and Feeds Bill, which now brings together the requirements of both food and feed safety.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 600 million people fall ill. Especially after eating contaminated food, 420,000 people die every year.
In conclusion, foodborne diseases impede socioeconomic development. This is done by straining health care systems and harming national economies, tourism, and trade.
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