The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Western North Regional Office destroyed dozens of expired and unregistered products worth 124,271 Cedis at Sefwi-Wiawso. Soft and energy drinks, a variety of Aphrodisiac, unregistered herbal products, cereals, milk, noodles, and fake schnapps were among the items.
Albert Ankamah, Western North Regional Director of the FDA, told the GNA after the exercise that the items were seized by the Authority during routine market surveillance in shops over the previous three months.
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He stated that the seized items were mostly from the municipalities of Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai and Wiawso.
Mr. Ankamah stated that the FDA established the Western North Regional office in October 2022 and has put measures in place to ensure food safety in the Region.
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The Regional Director used the occasion to advise consumers to be extra cautious and always read the labels, as well as to look for FDA registration numbers on Ghanaian-made products to verify their authenticity before purchasing them.
Samuel Darkwah, Chief Environmental Officer of the Wiawso Municipal Assembly, who oversaw the exercise at the Wiawso dumping site, praised the FDA for ensuring food safety in the Region through their supervisory duties, particularly among food vendors.
He also advised retailers to double-check the expiry dates of all products to ensure they bear the FDA-approved logo.