Food Safety Workshop: Hygiene Compliance of Food Establishments in Jimma Town the Way Forward
Every year the World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 throughout the 193 member countries of WHO to commemorate the date for signing the WHO Charter. On this day the organization selects a public health issue of a global threat and transmits its message to policy makers as well as stakeholders to catalyze collective government and public action to put measures in place. This year’s World Health Day theme is dedicated to “Food Safety”. Jimma University, Department of Environmental Health Sc. & Technology, has realized the importance of food safety as food borne diseases have a major public health impact and has been conducting research in this field. The University joins in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and WHO in commemorating the World Health Day as a health institution of a higher learning by organizing a one day workshop to improve food safety in Jimma town. The objective of organizing a one day workshop on food safety on World Health Day is to create awareness on the importance of maintaining basic hygiene and sanitation procedures and practices when preparing and handling food in the domestic and food service establishments so that the risk for food borne diseases could be reduced.
The participants of the workshop are food establishment owners or managers, health extension workers, environmental health officers, consumer representatives, local authority (Kebele) representatives, and representatives of sector related government authorities- e.g agriculture, health, tourism, trade and industry. The message is to convince the target group (food establishment owners or managers) to make voluntary commitment to improve food hygiene and sanitation in their respective food establishments based on the knowledge of the risks involved and the guidance they receive from the inspectors who will continue to monitor their performance in the future.