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Standards, essential in egg sector

BY: Graphic Business
Some participants in the forum
Some participants in the forum

The Coordinator of the Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat (GNECS), Comfort Kyerewa Acheampong has called on stakeholders in the egg value chain to apply standards in the production of eggs to the final consumer.

She said that will enable players in the egg sector to have value for money and be at the competitive edge in line with global best practices.

“Eggs are nutritious to human growth and development. Its protein content is high and so I will urge the public to endeavour add egg to their meal,” she said during the Edible Eggs-in-shell Standard Training workshop for egg dealers and poultry farmers in Accra.

A media release issued in Accra said the workshop was organised by the GNECS under the auspices of American Soya Beans Association and sponsored by World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH).

Participants, mainly cooperative groups from Kaneshie, Mallam Attah, Dome and Achimota markets, received training on topics such as the overview and relevance of standards to the poultry sector, edible egg-in-shell standards development and in-depth explanation of standards using pictorial edible egg-in-shell standards.

According to Ms Acheampong, standards in eggs production include defects, sizes weight, labelling and packaging.

She said that similar training programmes will be organised in all the 16 regions of Ghana to emphasise the need and the importance of standardisation in the eggs production, consumption and for export as well.

For his part, the Standard Officer of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Samuel Kwatia, urged participants to exhibit standards that conform to global best practices.

He advised participants to separate hazardous chemicals during the storage of eggs.

“Eggs must be stored in ventilated rooms to receive the needed room temperature. It should be packed with the tip downwards in crates because it the safest way to protect eggs,” he said.

A participant, Evelyn Nyarko, an egg trader at Kaneshie Market commended GNECS for the timely training, adding that it will impact on their business.

She appealed to egg producers to solve some of the challenges associated with egg trade such as broken eggs at the farm gate, faecal matter on eggs and spoilt eggs which comes at an additional cost to the sellers.