A circular issued by Masaka Municipal Health department requires all grasshopper vendors to register with local authorities as well as undergo medical examination by the Principal Medical Officer to ascertain their health status.
municipal council has issued guidelines regulating the handling of grasshoppers
to stop contamination of the edible insects.
issued by Masaka Municipal Health department requires all grasshopper vendors to
register with local authorities as well as undergo medical examination by the Principal
Medical Officer to ascertain their health status.
Kasendwa, the Masaka Municipal Health Officer, says the regulations were
derived from the Public Health Act, which mandates them to control and regulate
all businesses in the area to ensure that they comply with public health standards.
On top of
registration, the circular also requires grasshopper dealers to pay for permits
allowing them to operate in the municipality as well as maintain high levels of
The circular bans the use of formalin to preserve
grasshoppers and children below fourteen years to vend the edible insects.
John Bahengaana, the Masaka Town Clerk, who signed the
circular, says the regulations take immediate effect, adding that they are
committed to prosecuting those who fail to comply with the guidelines.
He says that they have taken note of the poor sanitary
standards of grasshopper dealers, saying some of lie on the floor while waiting
for customers something that results in contamination of edible insect leading
to health problems.
a grasshopper harvester in Nyendo-Ssenyange division has dismissed claims of using
of dangerous chemicals to preserve the insects.
He says some of their customers
fail to wash the grasshoppers thoroughly before cooking them, which causes them
Kabagambe, one of the grasshoppers’ vendors on the streets of Masaka has told
URN that they had also taken note of improper hygiene amongst themselves,
arguing that the regulations will help to put things in order.
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Kuraish Katongole, the Chairperson of Grasshopper dealers in
Masaka district says they will liaise with the municipal authorities to
harmonize their position on the enforcement of the policy without forcing
vendors out of the business.