A woman has been captured in a video that has since gone viral on social media spraying mosquito spray on meat in the open market for sale.
The act, ostensibly meant to kill and drive away houseflies hovering around the meat has already sent tongues wagging with many raising concerns about the health implications of the action of the trader.
It is unclear how long the meat trader has engaged in the act or how many unsuspecting consumers of the public have contracted some infections or even died through the action.
While others argue that stiffer punishment ought to the meted out, others have opined that the fairly aged woman could be ignorant of the diverse health implications of her action.
However, the source of video full video is seen in it claiming attempts to question the traders at a market in Ghana he did not mention fell on death ears.
“In fact, for evidence sake, those of who watching, I just caught this woman using mosquito spray spraying the meat that we buy with our own money to eat,” he said reported too have said in the video.
He wondered if “we are in Ghana or not” and cautioned Ghanaians to be mindful of what they buy from the market for consumption.
This act has once again brought to the fore the lack of surveillance and frequent inspections by the authorities tasked to supervise the quality of foods in the country coupled with the condition under which meat is processed for consumption which is in sharp contrast with the requirements of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851).
According to the Act, the Veterinary Services Department (VSD), the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the local assemblies are mandated to have oversight responsibility over the safety and health of animals, safety of meat and personal hygiene and environmental safety respectively.
The FDA, among other roles, is to ensure that there is proper sanitation in the meat chain, including the proper cold storage regimes for meat and medical certificates to handlers of the meat.
Nonetheless, health experts say that apart from death from food poisoning that could result from the consumption of unwholesome meat, consumers of such meat were also exposed to heart complications, harmful cholesterol, acnes and erectile dysfunction.