Rabu, 19 Oktober 2011


Traders of the Agblogbloshie market and its environs have been sensitised on the way to handle chicken and its products to prevent diseases.

This was due to the outbreak of avian influenza which caused panic and claimed several lives all over the world.

A member of the United States of America Poultry and Eggs Export Council (USAPEEC), Madam Jean Murphy says US poultry was safe to eat and must be handled and cooked well to prevent diseases.

She added that American Chicken has all the nutritional value of red meat yet contains about 30 per cent less fat and fewer calories.
"It has the highest percentage of protein of all meat and has the smallest amount of fat and saturated fat," she said.

Madam Murphy further explained that protein ensures growth in children and  chicken is needed to be eaten regularly as the body cannot store protein.

She advised that poultry products should be kept refrigerated when not in use and hot soapy water should be used to wash hands after coming into contact with poultry products.
She however cautioned for immediate disposal of poultry foods when they go bad.
"Do not try to taste them or cook them to eat. They can cause disease to you," she said.

A representative from the Food and Drugs Board (FDB), Nana Akua Afriye says poultry products are safe to eat and therefore must be handled with caution.
"You must know how to handle them for it to be safe for you," she said.

The General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF), Mr Kofi Agyei- Henaku says USAPEEC has helped in the training of poultry farmers on the need o handle chicken and chicken products which has resulted in the high yields of quality poultry products.

"They have thought the local farmers on how to cater for poultry and this has resulted in high yields. They have also helped the local industries to access the European markets." he said.

A demonstration on how to prepare have safe chicken was done by Mrs Dzifa Gomashie, the Chief Executive Officer of Mama's Kitchen.
She thoroughly explained the details of how to preserve and cook chicken without effects.

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