Delese Mimi Darko
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has seized over a metric tonne of expired goods, including medicines, beverages and babies’ foods from various shops in Koforidua and some districts across the Eastern Region.
Samuel Kwakye, Regional Director of the FDA, disclosed that the other items include antibiotics and analgesics, Aptamil, Cerelac, biscuits, energy drinks, Lucozade, margarine, dairy products, sanitary pads and many others from pharmacies, supermarkets, filling station marts and from the markets few days to the Easter holidays.
This is the second time in less than four months that the FDA had raided the markets and seized expired products from shelves and pharmacies in Koforidua and the district capitals in the region.
He pointed out that the expired goods are harmful to the health of consumers and urged the public to check the manufacturing and the expiry dates on products before purchasing them.
The regional director warned the public to always check the expiry dates and report any adverse findings to the FDA because the expiry dates are sometimes tampered with.
On sanctions to be applied, he explained that per the law, shop owners whose expired goods were seized were fined for the first offence and this is in addition to seizing all the goods.
Mr Kwakye advised pharmacy owners to make sure that their workers do regular checks on the products so as to remove expired ones from the shelves.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Koforidua