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Be mindful of the fruits and vegetables you purchase from the market-Community Nutritionist to Ghanaians


It is, indeed, true that Ghanaians do not value what belongs to them, and one obvious example is the unhygienic way of handling locally-grown fruits and vegetables. The unhygienic handling of the fruits and vegetables makes them unattractive, and sometimes, nauseating.
It is surprising that the trader, who sells these locally grown vegetables and fruits displayed on the bare ground, patiently washes and arranges foreign fruits like apples and grapes for sale. Roaming through the markets, one would see home-grown fruits like mango, pineapple and water melon, and vegetables like carrots, onions and pepper displayed on the bare ground which is a public concern.
Speaking in an interview with Zaa news, a Community Nutritionist Mary Ann Tanlongo cautioned the Ghanaians to be mindful in purchasing fruits and vegetables displayed on the floor as they tend to lose their nutritive value. According to her there is a need for an all-inclusive engagement with people who handle food stuffs to know the importance of taking good care of them.
According to her, food should be free of microbes or disease causing organisms and way microorganisms could be introduced to food was through displaying foods on the ground. The consumption of contaminated food she indicates could lead to the contraction of diseases such as cholera, diahorea, Hepatitis A.
Miss Ann advised the general public to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with vinegar or salt solution before consumption to keep safe and healthy. She said there is a need to support local farming to regulate the bad handling of food stuffs.
She advised that once you set out to buy fruits or vegetables from the market, one should look out for those displayed on elevated stands. She urged consumers to shun away from food stuffs displayed in the sun and on the floor no matter how cheap it may be.
She also encouraged home gardening for consumers to know what they eat and how they are grown.
By: Lilian D. Walter/

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