The Upper East Regional Office of the Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA) has cautioned the traders against adulterating palm oil with Sudan III and Susan IV dye. FDA also encouraged the public to buy FDA approved palm oil rather to prevent the ingestion of unwanted chemicals.
Speaking to Samuel Mbura on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East (DBUE), the Regional Manager of FDA Mawuli Hotor Sebastian explained that his office continues to seek out, confiscate and prosecute traders who indulge in the act of adulteration while warning consumers to be wary of buying unapproved products from the market.
Mr. Sebastian noted that the FDA is currently liaising with the Upper East Regional Command of the Ghana Police Service to arrest all persons involved in these criminal acts.
Sudan IV dye, according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the FDA, Mr Hudu Mogtari, had the potential of causing cancer when mixed with food, and as such constituted a risk to public health.
Palm oil is adulterated with dye to enhance and maintain its colour to make it more appealing to consumers.
Meanwhile, (FDA) has asked all persons who have acquired cartons or individual pieces of the affected Nestle dairy products; Ideal milk and Carnation milk to take them to the FDA office in Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional Capital.
This forms part of moves by the FDA and Nestle Ghana Limited to remove all affected dairy products from the market.
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