As part of strategies to ensure that school feeding caterers prepared nutritious meals to school pupils within the district, a one day workshop was organized by the Environmental Health and Sanitation Department in collaboration with the District Nutrition Officer and the Ghana Education Service, Ekumfi.
The District Environmental Health Analyst welcome the caterers and spoke on environmental hygiene. She stressed on maintaining hygiene practices to avoid any contamination of food and edge all caterers to sustain hygienic practices in food preparation. The District Nutrition Officer also spoke on the benefit of Iodine and the effects of iodine deficiency. She talked on the major food sources that contain iodine and the need to also use iodized salt in preparing food.
School feeding caterers were made to understand that iodine opens the minds of children, strengthens their immune system and prevent Goiter, Criticism etc. Other environmental health officers also facilitate on water hygiene and safe storage to prevent contamination.
Others also spoke on waste management and food storage in refrigerator to prevent cross contamination. Caterers were advised to use natural spices and avoid artificial spices especially the mono-sodium which is also used in preserving dead bodies.