21 traders arrested with palm oil mixed with dye

Hudu Mogtari-FDA BossTwenty one market women and a driver have been arrested for allegedly selling and distributing adulterated palm oil, at various markets in the country.

They allegedly adulterated the palm oil with dye also known as Sudan IV (“Sudee”) dye, which could cause cancer.

The suspects were apprehended during an operation conducted by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), in collaboration with the Narcotics Division of the Ghana Police Service, at some markets in Accra, last Monday.

The Sudan IV dye has been proven by the International Agency for Research on Cancer to cause cancer.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the FDA, Mr Hudu Mogtari, a random analysis conducted by the FDA on 50 containers of palm oil at 10 markets in the Greater Accra Region, exposed the malpractice.

He mentioned the markets as Mallam, Mallam-Atta, Dome, Dansoman, Agbogbloshie, Kaneshie, Tema community 1, Ashaiman, Madina and Makola No.2, adding that 98 per cent of the palm oil examined tested positive for Sudan IV .

Mr. Mogtan reminded the public that adulteration was prohibited as stated in the Public Health Act 2012 Act 851, Section 100 (3), which states that “a person commits an offence if that person sells or offers for sale a food that has a poisonous or harmful substance.”

He said the FDA would continue to collaborate with the police to clamp down on the perpetrators of such acts.

“The FDA, therefore, wishes to caution all processors, wholesalers, distributors and retailers that adulteration is a prohibited,” the statement stressed.

He urged the public to contact the FDA with useful information that would help the FDA carry out its mandate in protecting public health and safety.

By Anita Nyarko  

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