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Source: citifmonline.com

Kuntunse: ‘Illegal’ tomato factory operating again

The Happy Sunshine Company, producers of La Vonce tomato paste, has started operating again, though it is yet to receive all the needed documentation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Residents at Korleman City, an estate at Kuntunse in the Ga West Municipality, have raised concerns about how the activities of the company is affecting them.

The residents first raised concerns over the possible long-term health hazards, following the improper disposal of waste by operators of the factory.

Thick smoke fills the air during the company’s operation both during the day and at night, with excessive noise.

Independent investigations by the EPA revealed that, the tomato factory was operating illegally and the agency proceeded to fine the company GHc15,000.

The factory, which belongs to some Chinese expatriates, stopped operating for a while, but has now resumed full production again.

Citi News checks at the Ga West Municipal Assembly also indicated that, the assembly had given Happy Sunshine Company all the needed documentation, even though EPA is yet to certify the company.

All attempts to get the Ga West Municipal Assembly has refused to comment on the matter. The company was also ordered to halt any form of production.