317 cartons of unregistered and unwholesome Litty Mackerel has been destroyed by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) at the Nsumia landfill site, near Nsawam.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the FDA, Mr James Lartey, explained that a physical inspection of the product disclosed that the tins were dented, leaking or bloated.
According to Mr James Lartey, so far two persons had been apprehended in connection with the distribution of the unwholesome Litty Mackerel, which was not registered by the FDA.
PRO of the FDA stated that two apprehended were assisting the police with investigations to unravel how the product was imported into the country.
According to the PRO, the exercise was carried out with the assistance of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that unwholesome products were not consumed by the unsuspecting public since such products were dangerous to consumers’ health.
Mr Lartey revealed that “Bloated, dented or leaking canned products, when consumed, may lead to food poisoning and other food-borne diseases which can be fatal in some instances and so we had to destroy them.”
“We wish to reiterate our advice to the public not to patronise dented, bloated, leaking and rusty canned products since consumers stand the risk of endangering their lives,” he added.
Additionally, he said, products that were not labelled in English should not be patronised and urged consumers to, at all times, ensure that they patronised wholesome products by always checking on the manufacture and expiry dates on items.
Litty mackerel being destroyed under the supervision of the EPA, FDA and the Ghana Police Service
The PRO of FDA noted that “The public is encouraged to continue to provide the FDA with relevant information which may lead to the prevention of unwholesome products going onto the market.”