Your favourite bowl of fufu and dead goat soup could soon look like a pack of Rothmans- complete with graphic images warning you of the health risks linked to the consumption of processed meat.
Reports say the World Health Organisation is pushing for the introduction of laws mandating food retailers to display graphic photo warnings on all food packages containing cured and processed meat.
This follows a recent WHO report ranking processed meat alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, placing cured and processed meats in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco.
A source at the Ghana Health Service said authorities are considering the WHO proposals which will make it “mandatory for chop bar owners and other food vendors to display graphic health warnings on bowls and takeaway containers.” He explained that “very soon, a bowl of your favourite domedo or Abotsi’s lamb kebab will have to showcase gruesome images of sore ridden human bowels to highlight the risk of bowel cancer- which is related to the consumption of processed and cured meat.
He also disclosed that a bowl of fufu and dead goat soup could carry a double health warning “since Honourable Justice Joe Appiah, MP for Ablekuma North, in all his
ignorance wisdom, has already proclaimed a definite causal link between fufu and cancer.”