July 12, 2024
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FDA Destroys 4.8 Tonnes Of Expired Products At Cape Coast

The Central Regional Office of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has destroyed over 4.8 tonnes of unwholesome products worth thousands of cedis in Nkanfona, a suburb of Cape Coast in the Cape Coast Metropolis of the Central Region.

FDA retrieved and confiscated the products on its routine post-market surveillance activities from January to September 2023.

Others were voluntary safe disposal of harmful products by companies.

The seized items comprised 1.65 tonnes of herbal medicines, 1.45 tonnes of allopathic medicines, 1.3 tonnes of Food products, 0.28 tonnes of Cosmetics, and 0.12 tonnes of household chemicals.

The Act mandates the FDA to undertake the disposal of unwholesome regulated products such as food, allopathic, herbal and veterinary medicines, biological products, medical devices, cosmetics, household chemical substances, clinical trials, tobacco and tobacco products, and substances of abuse.

Ms Francisca Obeng, the Regional Head of the FDA, said the disposal was intended to prevent the potential re-entry of unwholesome products into the supply chain.

She assured the public of sustained market surveillance operations to rid the market of expired, counterfeit, contaminated, unregistered, and all other kinds of unwholesome regulated products.

The public was advised to check the expiry dates and registration status of products before they bought them and ensure they purchased regulated products from accredited and recognized outlets or sources.

They should also report to the authorities people who sell expired, unregistered, and unwholesome products for public safety.

“The FDA wishes to emphasize that ensuring public health is our prime objective.

“We are geared towards providing assurance of safe food, drugs, cosmetics, household chemicals, medical devices and all other regulated products in Ghana,” she said.

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