FDA Destroys Unwholesome Products

FDA 2A total of GH¢18,330 worth of unwholesome products, seized from 249 shops in the Brong-Ahafo Region, by the Regional Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), have been destroyed at the Sunyani landfill site.

The items, including food products, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices, were confiscated during the Authority’s third quarter routine and Post Market Surveillance in the Sunyani municipality and nine other districts in the region.

The Regional Officer of the Brong-Ahafo FDA, Mr. Matthew Gyang Nkum, before the destruction, said the products were seized due to their risk to public health safety.

He said during the survellance, pharmacies, chemical, herbal, cosmetics and provisions shops were inspected to ascertain the wholesomeness, safety and quality of products being offered for sale to consumers.

Mr. Nkum explained that the wholesomeness of a product was determined by assessing its label, expiry date, nature of the product and packaging integrity as well as registration status.

“The PMS Unit is also responsible for seizure and safe disposal of unwholesome products, in collaboration with other stakeholders, to protect the public,” he added.

Mr. Nkum urged shop owners and attendants to practise the “first in first out” (FIFO) principle where old stocks of products are sold before the new ones, properly segregate items in their facilities, desist from displaying products for sale in the sun and keep good personal and environmental hygiene.

He also advised consumers not to patronise products sold under direct sunlight, expired and / or with compromised packages, adding that, shop owners and consumers should check for manufacturing companies and FDA registration information on products before buying.

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