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Some problems with the food packaging practices in Ghana

P-N. T. Johnson, H.A. Obiri

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This paper examines the problems with the present methods and practices used for the packaging of both fresh and processed foods in the informal and formal sectors of the food industry in Ghana. The use of unsuitable packaging materials, inadequate and ineffective packaging, especially during transportation, cost of packaging, absence of appropriate packaging machinery, poor labelling, lack of standards and specifications and environmental issues have all been discussed. The effect of the increasing use of plastics as the main packaging material was examined. How these problems impact on the country's drive towards food security as well as promoting the export of food products have also been examined. Some recommendations have been made.

JOURNAL OF THE GHANA SCIENCE ASSOCIATION Volume 2 No. 2 (2000) pp. 16-22

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