Health News of Saturday, 25 January 2014
Kinsley Nsiah-Poku Principal Regulatory Officer and Head of Central Regional Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), on Friday warned that it is an offence for people to dispose unwholesome goods without permission from the Authority.
He said the FDA was mandated by Legislative Instrument 851/2012 to safely dispose unregistered, expired, and fake products.
Mr Nsiah-Poku gave the warning when his outfit in collaboration with the Public Health Division of Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly, destroyed some products seized from super markets, stores, and shops in Mankessim, Cape Coast, Swedru, Twifo-Praso, Kasoa, Winneba and Dunkwa-on-offin during a market surveillance conducted by the Authority.
He said the exercise was to serve as a wake-up call to all manufacturers, importers, individual shop owners, cold-store owners and wholesalers who engage in the sale of expired, fake and unregistered goods.
Mr Nsiah-Poku said people whose unwholesome goods are seized are made to pay administrative charges, which ranges from GH¢200.00 to GH¢1,000.00.
He, however, hinted that the recalcitrant ones would be prosecuted in future in court to serve as a deterrent.