The products which usually flood the market weeks to Christmas, include drinks, cooking oil, biscuits, candies, canned tomatoes and canned fish.
In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, Ebenezer Kofi Essel, acting Head, Food Industrial Support Department of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), said that consumers had themselves to blame if cases of food poisoning occur due to the consumption of such products.
He explained that a product could be poisonous depending on the manner in which it is handled and stored in terms of temperature.
According to him, negligence on the part of handlers and dealers could lead to deterioration of the quality of products.
Mr. Essel cautioned consumers to desist from purchasing products which were leaking or in rusty tins because the contents reacted to the metal lining in the tins which could lead to food poisoning and dangerous to the health of the consumer.
“Unscrupulous dealers take advantage of the yuletide to make money from unsuspecting consumers who usually do not check the expiry dates of products they purchase on the market,” Mr. Essel said.
He advised consumers to check details of products they consume to avoid trouble.
By Emelia Enyonam Kuleke