The Coordinator of the Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat (GNECS), Ms. 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 endeavor to add egg to their meal,” she said during the Edible Eggs-in-shell Standard Training workshop for egg dealers, poultry farmers, and nutrition officers in Koforidua in the Eastern region.
The workshop was organized by the GNECS with support from the American Soya Beans Association and sponsored by World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH).
Participants, mainly cooperative groups from Afram Plains, Nsawam, Nkawkaw, and other markets in the Eastern region, 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.
The nutrition officers were also drawn from the districts in the Eastern region.
According to Ms. Acheampong, standards in egg production include defects, size weight, labeling, and packaging.
She said that similar training programs will be organized in all the 16 regions of Ghana to emphasize the need and the importance of standardization in the eggs production, consumption,n, and 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 is the safest way to protect eggs,” he said.
A participant, Maame Ibrahim, noted that she has learned a lot from the training. She further advised her colleagues to stop selling damaged eggs to consumers.