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Health News of Friday, 13 December 2019


Event organisers to seek approval from FDA before using acoholic beverages as sponsors

Event organisers and celebrities have been tasked to seek approval from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) before requesting sponsorship from alcoholic beverage companies.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz, Head of Industry Support Services Department of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Kofi Essel, said that the FDA will assess the situation and either approve or disapprove of such partnerships.

According to him, alcoholic sponsored events are attended by many people including minors. Mr Essel stated that these minors at the program would indulge in alcohol when they are not supposed to.

“Just take a look at what happened at the ‘Adonko Aseda Bash’ at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi some years ago, where a lot of people in their teens got drunk and couldn’t do anything than to sleep on the ground. We just want to prevent such things from happening

Mr Essel revealed that the FDA will process any individual or company for court if an alcoholic beverage company sponsors an event involving minors.

This new directive comes after the FDA banned celebrities from endorsing alcoholic beverages mostly because their followers may include minors who are not in the drinking age group yet.

Responding to this development, Communications Manager and Head of Productions at Charterhouse Ghana Ltd, George Quaye, tasked the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to show research that proves that minors attend concerts sponsored by alcoholic beverages and get drunk.

He explained that patrons of events choose to sleep at event grounds for safety reasons when events end in the wee hours of the morning.