Title: Food safety policies and practices in public spaces: The urban water, sanitation, and hygiene environment for fresh fish sold from individual vendors in Mzuzu, Malawi
In sub-Saharan Africa, informal markets account for more than 80% of the total food selling. Fish is a major protein source for households in Malawi and is commonly purchased from individual vendors. The aim of this study was to review national acts and policies and local regulations focused on fresh fish sold at open-air markets or by mobile vendors and to further examine the water, sanitation, and hygiene environment that may impact food safety in Mzuzu City, Malawi. The study used interviews, an observational checklist, and sampling of water and fish skin.
This research identified three key opportunities:
- Regulatory framework including informal markets and mobile vendors;
- Safe water, clean and functional toilets, and handwashing stations with soap at every market; and
- Foodborne disease education for vendors.
Catégorie : Assainissement urbain et péri-urbain