Control the influx of substandard food products, Speaker tells ZFDA

06Jan 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Control the influx of substandard food products, Speaker tells ZFDA

SPEAKER of the Zanzibar House of Representatives, Zubeir Ali Maulid, has called on the executives of the Zanzibar Food and Drug Agency (ZFDA) to control the influx of substandard products into the Isles’ market outlets to protect human health.

Maulid made the call here yesterday when speaking at the function to lay a foundation stone for the laboratory building of ZFDA in Mombasa area as part of marking the 57th anniversary of the Zanzibar Revolution.

He said the government is committed to strengthening the health sector in the national interest, urging ZFDA to protect the health of the people by preventing the entry of products that are unfit for human consumption.

He said it was important for them to be careful in controlling the importation and sale of expired products in various stores, especially food products such as rice, wheat, and other food products.

The Speaker said: “It’s important for you (ZFDA staff) to focus on service delivery to citizens as well as provide quality services and contribute to the development of the country as well as strengthen the growth of entrepreneurs.”

However, he thanked the partners for agreeing to support the revolutionary government of Zanzibar in implementing the project which is essential for the development of the country.

Commenting on the implementation of the ZFDA laboratory project, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Social Welfare, Elderly, Gender and Children, Halima Maulid Salum, said the building is being implemented in two phases where it will be a three-story building in line with the installation of laboratory infrastructure where it is expected to be completed in March this year.

She further said the cost of the construction is expected to be 4.8bn/-, which has been provided by the Zanzibar government and development partners from the East African Community and the funds were provided in installments. Read

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