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Health News of Monday, 10 March 2014

Source: FDA

Statement: FDA clears air on sausage manufacture

ALERT - Misinformation on the manufacture and consumption of sausage

The attention of the Food Drugs Authority (FDA) has been drawn to a video clip aired on NET 2 TV Station which is also in circulation on mobile phones courtesy OhenebaNtim-Barimah. The video clip attempts to describe the process of sausage manufacturing.

FDA, after carefully watching the video clip wishes to inform the general public that the video is inaccurate, mischievous and deliberately falsified to misinform Ghanaians.

It is noteworthy that OhenebaNtim-Barimah put together two pieces of video clips to present his own concept of sausage manufacture. This is evidenced by the fact that:

  • The first 30 seconds of the video clip was culled from a video clip on how pigs are destroyed in Europe after an outbreak of disease. However, Oheneba Ntim-Barimah chose this portion for his clip to carry the impression that in sausage manufacture, dirty, unslaughtered pigs/animals are crushed with their bodies, heads, intestines, blood, faeces, fur and feet.

  • In the second half of the clip, OhenebaNtim-Barimah actually culled an advertisement on sausage processing by JOHN MORELL to complete his concept of sausage manufacture. Indeed the full clip in the original JOHN MORELLvideo on sausage which is in the custody of FDA details the use of edible parts of properly slaughtered, non-diseased animals for sausage manufacture. OhenebaNtim-Barimah deleted the portion of the JOHN MORELL video Clip which would have exposed him.

  • The video clip pauses and OhenebaNtim-Barimah shows clips of a woman who has been operated on for fibroid and OhenebaNtim-Barimah attributes the incidence of fibroid in the woman to the consumption of sausage. This is a fallacy and unfortunately, disingenuous way to promote healthy lifestyles by telling people not to patronize sausages.

The FDA regulates, inter-alia, the safety and quality of sausages whether imported or manufactured locally. None of the six (6) local sausage manufacturing companies registered by the FDA manufactures sausage as described by OhenebaNtim-Barimah in his video clip. The FDA therefore takes a strong exception to the video clip of OhenebaNtim- Barimah since it is inaccurate, deceptive and has been deliberately put together to cause unnecessary fear and panic in addition to undermining our collective effort to develop the sausage industry for national development.