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Standards plays an essential role in the egg industry – Comfort Acheampong

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Report by Ben LARYEA

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

The gesture she said will enable players in the egg industry to have value for money and be at the competitive edge in line with global best practices.

Madam Comfort Acheampong made the call at the edible Eggs-in-shell standard training workshop for egg dealers and poultry farmers in Accra.

Standards in the eggs production comprises of defects, sizes weight, labelling and packaging with participating cooperative groups from Kaneshie, Mallam Attah, Dome and Achimota markets.

The day workshop was organised by the Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat under the auspices of American Soya Beans Association and sponsored by World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) with training topics such as overview of standards, Relevance of the standard to the poultry industry, edible egg-in-shell standards development, in-depth explanation of the standards using Pictorial Edible Egg-in-Shell standards

She added that the training will be observed in all the sixteen (16) regions in the industry about the need and the importance of standardisation in the eggs production as well as the significant role it plays in production process to the consumer as well as the export drive.

According to her, “Eggs are nutritious to the human growth and development”, and explained that its protein content is high and urged the public to add egg to their meal.

For his part, the Standard Officer of the Ghana Standards Authority, Mr. Samuel Kwatia urged participants to exhibit standards and pointed out that it conforms to global best practices.

He advised participants to separate hazardous chemicals in the storage of eggs and said it must be stored in ventilated rooms to receive the needed room temperature to preserve it and also pack eggs with the tip downwards in crates and explained that it is the safest way to protect eggs.

Madam Evelyn Nyarko, an egg seller at Kaneshie Market commended GNECS for the timely training, adding that it will impact on their business but was quick to add that some of the challenges sellers encounter are broken eggs from the farm, faecal matter on eggs, spoilt eggs as a result of unwholesome feed, among others which comes at an additional cost to the sellers.

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