4,500 cartons of unwholesome canned fish destroyed

A total of 4,500 cartons of unwholesome canned fish were destroyed through crushing by the officials of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) at Achimota Mile ‘7’in Accra yesterday.

The unregistered consignment labeled ‘Asahi’ and imported into the country by Dotsisco Ventures were said to be on transit to neigbouring country Togo.

The exercise which started at 11am was supervised by the police and officials of the FDA.

The Head of Communication of FDA, Mr James Lartey told the media in Accra yesterday that the impounded products were unregistered and unwholesome.

Mr Lartey said the products were reported to have been cleared from the port on Saturday September 30, and labels indicated that the products would expire in February next year.

He said investigations conducted so far by the Police and the FDA have revealed that a total of six, 20-footer containers of the products were imported into the country and documents covering the products indicated that they were on transit to Togo but were diverted unto the Ghanaian market.

Mr Lartey said three of the 20-footer containers of the consignment containing the “So Nice Mackerel” had earlier been transported to Kumasi, Tarkoradi and Tamale and cautioned the public against the patronage of such both  ‘Asahi and So Nice Mackerel’.

He said post market surveillance activities conducted by the Ashanti Regional Office of the FDA has led to the detention of five hundred cartons of the ‘So Nice Mackerel’

“The other FDA regional office has embarked on an intensive post market surveillance exercise to ensure the products are not offered for sale to the general public,” he added.

The Head of Communications said what might have caused the products to go bad before its expiry date may include manufacturing processes and its storage process as well.

Mr Lartey commended the residents at Ofankor for alerting authorities on the unwholesome product and encouraged the public to emulate that.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi



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