The Upper East Regional Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has in accordance with part 7, section 132 of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851), confiscated unwholesome and expired products in the markets of the 15 Districts and Municipalities of the Upper East Region have safely disposed of same.
According to the Authority, the products that were disposed of included food products, pharmaceutical drugs, cosmetics, herbal medicine and food supplements as well as households’ chemicals is valued at over Gh 312,720.15.
Speaking to the media after the exercise, the Regional Head of the Authority Sebastian Mawwuli Hotor explained that the purpose of the exercise was to make sure they get rid of every single unwholesome and unregistered product from the markets and to make safe everyone going forward.
“The aim is to get rid of the market of expired, counterfeit, contaminated, unregistered and all other kinds of unwholesome regulated products into the market as well as prevent the potential re-entry of these unwholesome products into the supply chain.”
He noted that the consignment of these products was pulled together from “groceries or provisions shops, over-the-counter chemical sellers’ shops, pharmacies, drug warehouses and medical facilities in and around the Upper East Region.”
Mr. Hotor revealed that owners of shops and warehouses usually prompt the Authority whenever there are expired for safe disposal and advice.
He, therefore, called on the public to desist from consuming unwholesome and expired products as it is very dangerous for one’s health and always report to the Authority whenever they identify products that have expired and are unwholesome and to a larger extent rusted.
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