According to a Senior Regulatory Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Matthew Gyan Nkum, keeping and housing cats in shops is not good for the health and the safety of shop consumers. He has advised store owners of his findings and says that although he understands the reason why most shop owners do this, for rodent control, that it is not safe and can pose a threat to consumers’ health.
Nkum told the Ghana News Agency in Sunaynani, that the reason why cats can create a risk for consumers, is due to the urine and the feces they can leave in the shops, and these can contaminate the products in the stores.
What Nkum would rather see happen, and he has advised shop owners of his recommendations, is to invest in a certified pest control agent rather than using cats to do the service. These professional services can use environmentally protected chemicals and insecticides that will prevent the rodents from even getting into the shop, which is better protection for the consumers.
Nkum went on to explain that there have been quite a number of unwholesome edible food items that occasionally make to the market and they affect people’s health. These problems have made Nkum eager to encourage these shop owners who have roaming cats in their building, to be diligent about cleaning the building, as well as all the goods and items.
He also advised all the public to be diligent on their end, too. Check expiration dates on edible products, make sure there aren’t any inscriptions on the products that are written in English, to make sure there are no allergic-inducing ingredients in the products that would cause an allergic reaction.
Another warning Nkum had for consumers, is to only purchase canned goods that had not been set in the sun for long periods of time. The sun and it’s scorching affect can have bad repercussions on canned food. Furthermore, he also told traders what they can do too, and that is to hold their products inside shops, or at the very least, keep them under an umbrella that covers the bulk of food.
If consumers happen to see any tampering of expiration dates on products, they have been instructed to report and take action against the shop owners and report them to the FDA or the Police. Whatever shop owners can do to help prevent the problem of rodents without the use of cats, the better, and healthier the shop and consumers will be.