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Masaka municipal council has issued strict guidelines on the handling of grasshoppers to stop contamination.

Masaka Municipal Health department requires all grasshopper vendors to register with local authorities and undergo medical examination by the Principal Medical Officer.

Maska Municipal Council Outlines new guidelines on grasshopper vendors

Dr. Patrick Kasendwa, the Masaka Municipal Health Officer, says the regulations were derived from the Public Health Act. The vendors are also required to pay for permits allowing them to operate in the municipality as well as maintain high levels of personal hygiene.

Mande Ssenfuka, 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 stomach upsets.


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