FDA closes down Piccadilly Factory over weevils

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has closed down the ware house of Piccadilly Biscuit Limited after the Authority found that the site was invaded with weevils.

The FDA has also suspended production at the factory.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr James Lartey, Head of Communications of FDA said Piccadilly, producers of the popular GEM biscuit in Accra, was closed down on February 16, 2017.

He explained that said his outfit following series of complaints from residents in the area that their homes were being infested with the weevils from the warehouse, inspected the site and saw bags of flour with weevil.

“Last week we had to close their warehouse where the flour was being kept. And then we gave them a letter on Friday that was effective last Monday, indicating that they should stop all production and make sure they deal with the weevil infestation.

“We have also asked them to arrange with AMA to get rid of the weevil infested flour; and we will come and supervise the destruction of all the flour,” he added.

Mr Lartey stressed that the warehouse would remain closed until the management of the company has complied with the directive.

 

Source: ghanabusinessnews.com

More companies producing Cool Pac Sachet … Under the authority of Voltic Ghana Limited, FDA

By: Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi

 

It is now evident that Cool Pac sachet water, the 29 percent sachet water consuming public patronise, might have been produced by one of numerous sachet water producing companies in the country.

All Cool Pac sachet water bagged in Voltic branded bags are not produced by one single company, and, therefore, choice, as a right of the consumer, has thus been thrown to the dogs.

Discreet Chronicle investigations indicate that about 19 and more companies are producing 500 ml Cool Pac sachet water under the authority of Voltic Ghana Limited in the Ashanti regional capital alone.

The said manufacturing companies are said to be operating under a franchise obtained from Voltic under the nose of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), which has duly approved such deceitful productions.

The Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA), which is the regulatory body mandated by the Public Health Act to regulate the safety of food and drugs and others, has indicated that it has insufficient officers to conduct regular checks on sachet water producers.

The Chronicle has evidence that the franchised companies are producing 500 ml Cool Pac sachet water and bagged in Voltic branded receptacles for marketing and distribution in the metropolis.

Indications are that any Cool Pac sachet water a consumer buys is produced by one of the over 700 sachet water producers in the Ashanti Region under a Ghana Voltic Company franchise, and not necessarily coming from the plants of Voltic Ghana Company.

Consumers, who drew the attention of The Chronicle to the seeming deceit by Voltic Ghana Limited, said companies, which bag their products in in bags marked Voltic Cool Pac, have called on the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to take immediate steps to correct the anomaly, or face legal action for overseeing such deception at the expense of the health of the public.

“It is unthinkable for one product (Cool Pac sachet water with same branding and labeling) to be produced by as many as 20 companies under the authority and approval of Ghana Voltic Company and FDA respectively,” aggrieved Mrs. Belinda Fob, a business woman in Kumasi, complained.  She intends taking action against the FDA soon.

 

Source: modernghana.com

 

Consumers accuse Voltic of deceit

By: Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi

Consumers have raised concern over the alleged deception by Voltic Ghana Limited and Nivaansh Manufacturing Company Limited, producers of Voltic bottled water and Cool Pac sachet water respectively.

Voltic Company Limited and Cool Pac have entered into a business transaction in the name of franchise, which has led to a seeming deception of unsuspecting clientele.

The Chronicle is informed that Cool Pak, produced by Nivaansh Manufacturing Limited, under the authority of Voltic Ghana Company, has obtained a franchise from Voltic to bag its products (Cool sachet water) in a primary packaging, to create the impression that one is buying a Voltic product.

As a result, Cool Pac bags its products in bags marked Voltic Cool Pac to deceive the public, and chances are that anybody who buys a bag of Voltic sachet water is likely to be disappointed, since the product is not coming from the plant of Voltic.

A complainant said she was deceived into buying a bag of sachet water marked Voltic Cool Pac. Mrs. Belinda Fobi, a business woman, told The Chronicle that she was disappointed when, on reaching home, the contents turned out to be Cool Pac sachet water, and not Voltic.

According to her, she experienced the deception as she realised, upon checks, that Nivaansh Manufacturing Company Limited has obtained a franchise from Voltic to bag its products –Cool Pac I bags branded as Voltic Cool Pac.

Mrs. Fobi stressed that from her experience, it was obvious that Cool Pac sachet water was not coming from Voltic plants.  By franchise, it is the authorisation by a company to another company to sell its products, she said, and pointed out that, in this case, Cool Pac is not selling Voltic, but using Voltic to promote its product – Cool Pac – and stay in business

She said by the deception,Voltic and Cool Pac were forcing their products down the throats of consumers without the option of a choice, thus depriving consumers of the right to choose.

The complainant has called on the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), which has authorised the production of Cool Pac, to investigate the circumstance under which a product is being produced and marketed under two brand names.

She wants the FDA to act on the complaint, and ensure that sales are not based on deception, in order that consumers get value for their money.

Mrs. Fobi called on the FDA to come out with an explanation on how two companies produce a commodity with different branding.

Mr. Courage Kwadwogah, a manager of Cool Pac in Kumasi, claimed Voltic owns Cool Pac and that there is nothing wrong using Voltic in packaging Cool Pac products.  An official of Voltic corroborated the position of Mr. Kwadwogah, and emphasised that Voltic Ghana Company owns Cool Pac.

Meanwhile, Ms. Joyce Ahiadome, Corporate Communications Manager of Voltic, explained, when contacted on phone, that Voltic Ghana Limited has a franchise arrangement with oversight responsibilities with companies for the production of sachet water, and that Nivaansh Manufacturing Company Limited is one of them.

She said the company (Voltic) has the responsibility to do and check the quality of products being sold under its name.

 

Source: modernghana.com

President Appoints New FDA Boss

Delese Mimi Darko

Delese Mimi Darko

Delese Mimi Darko, has been appointed by President Akufo-Addo as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

She replaces Hudu Mogtari, the immediate past CEO of the authority, who was relieved of his appointment recently.

Ms. Darko, is one of the long-serving officers of the FDA working at the agency since its inception.

Brief Profile
Ms. Darko who graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 1991 as a pharmacist has served the FDA in various capacities.

In 1997, she was one of the pioneers of the newly-established Food and Drugs Board (FDB) which later came to be known as the Food and Drugs Authority.

Ms Darko was in 2005 and 2006 instrumental in the setting up of two technical advisory committees to assist the FDB/FDA in their work.

With the appointment of Dr Stephen Opuni in 2009 by the Mills/Mahama administration as the new CEO of FDA, the departments that were being headed by Ms Darko at the authority were reportedly downsized, leaving her with just two activities, namely Clinical Trials and Pharmacovigilance.

She was subsequently appointed onto the WHO/CIOMS Committee on Vaccine Safety to work with leading regulators from the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and other countries to set standards for global vaccine safety.

In recognition of her excellent performance, the final meeting for that committee was hosted by the FDA in Accra in 2016, first time ever in sub-Saharan Africa.

Due to her growing status and being frequently requested by the international agencies to not only attend, but to be a speaker at their meetings, the vaccines unit of the FDA was added to her department in 2012/2013 by Dr Opuni, just prior to his departure from the FDA.

Her expertise has led to the FDA being nominated and recognised by the NEPAD/African Medicines Regulation Harmonisation (AMRH), Regional Centres of Regulatory Excellence in three very critical areas, namely medicines safety (pharmacovigilance), clinical trials and drug registration.

She single-handedly led a collaboration of the FDA with the UK-MHRA in the area of medicine safety; this collaboration is now multi-divisional at the FDA with anti-counterfeiting as one of the key areas of support.

She is a founding member of AVAREF, the African Vaccines Regulatory Forum, and was nominated last year to serve on the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) of the newly-organised AVAREF. This has put Ghana in the forefront of research regulation in Africa and has ensured tremendous support to the country in the area of clinical trials.

She has served as an expert advisor on the African Regulators Network (ARN) and worked tirelessly to ensure harmonisation of regulatory systems across Africa.

 

Source: modernghana.com

FDA to inspect safety of palm oil used in Eastern Region schools

 

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says it will monitor palm oil used for cooking in schools in the Eastern region to ensure its safety for consumption.

This the FDA said forms part of its planned activities.

The Regional Director of the FDA, Samuel Kwakye who said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, (GNA), said although the contamination of palm oil with “sudan 4 dye”, a chemical, considered to be a cancer agent, had reduced considerably, there was the need to focus on institutions used palm oil in large quantities.

He said the move had become necessary because of large student population in the Senior High Schools across the region, where palm oil was supplied in large quantities for cooking.

Mr. Kwakye said apart from that, monitoring will also be carried out at all the palm oil production sites and the open markets through testing and analyzing samples to prevent the use of the deadly chemical.

Other activities the FDA planned for the year, according to Mr. Kwakye, include monitoring of sachet water and herbal medicine production sites, adding that those two industries needed to comply with several regulations and laws of the FDA to protect consumers.

He said the FDA had noted with concern, the influx of herbal medicines, in the open markets and vehicles in the region and Koforidua especially and indicated their readiness to descend on all the illegal productions in that industry.

Mr. Kwakye, explained that because herbal drugs had direct implications on the body just like all drugs, it was important for the components of each drug to be tested to ascertain the efficacy for human consumption and the environment under which they were produced to avoid contamination.

He said they will also step up their sensitization and education to create awareness for consumers to appreciate the need to read information on products to ascertain its safety, and to report any unusual detection to the FDA for action.

 

Source: mordenghana.com

FDA commences investigation into fake energy drink

Accra, Jan. 20, GNA –

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has commenced investigations into a purported energy drink alleged to be ‘Blue Jeans Energy Drink’ to take necessary regulatory measures to protect public health and safety.

A statement signed by Mr Hudu Mogtari, Chief Executive Officer of FDA and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Friday said the attention of the FDA had been drawn to a video circulating on social media on an energy drink alleged to be Blue Jeans Energy Drink.

The statement said the video showed that the product had been relabeled as Blue Jeans Energy Drink, but it appeared the product was not Blue Jeans Energy Drink.

‘We acknowledge with deep concerns the potential safety issues this video raises and the apparent panic it has caused.

‘The FDA regrets that the consuming public has had to grapple with this challenge, and wishes to assure the public that it has taken immediate steps to address the concerns.

‘Meanwhile, the FDA has taken further steps by ordering; Cessation of the distribution and sale of all Blue Jeans Energy Drinks; total recall from trade of the special Christmas consignment of Blue Jeans Energy Drinks with labels bearing Santa Claus (Father Christmas), and submission of all relevant documents for its examination.

‘Members of the public who have stocks of the product should contact the nearest FDA office or call any of the following numbers:

Toll Free – 0800151000 (Airtel and Vodafone)
Hot Lines – 0299802932, 0299802933
SMS Short code – 4015 (All networks except Glo)
‘We wish to assure the public that the FDA has commenced investigations into the matter and would take the necessary regulatory measures and actions to protect public health and safety,’ the statement said.

Meanwhile, the statement said the importer is assisting with investigations.

 

Source: mordenghana.com

FDA seizes a metric tonne of expired products in Koforidua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) last December seized about a metric tonne of expired products from the open market, supermarkets, marts and pharmacy shops in the New Juaben Municipality.

The products seized included drugs, body creams, soft and hard drinks, food products such as corned beef, tin tomatoes, mayonnaise and salad creams through an operation by the FDA to protect the safety of consumers during the festive period.

The Regional Director of the FDA, Mr Samuel Kwakye, who disclosed this to the GNA in an interview, said expired products were very dangerous to human consumption in that once the valid date was over some harmful substances were introduced into the products which ultimately could pose great danger to the human body.

He said interestingly some big shops, supermarkets and pharmacies, which were perceived to know better, were also found to have expired products on their shelves and advised the general public to be conscious of the expiry dates and other information on products for their safety.

Mr Kwakye said because of the grave danger that expired goods could pose to the human system, it was important for that information to be taken seriously and urged the public to check for the expiry dates before purchasing any food product or drug.

According to the Regional Director, apart from the expired goods, some products may have their standards compromised due to storage and handling or exposure to certain weather conditions, especially the sunlight, and urged the public not to buy products displayed in the sun.

He explained that the indications on food and drug products were not mere formalities but were arrived at after studies were conducted into the ingredients and chemical compositions of the products to ensure that the allowable chemicals and components were not harmful to humans.

Mr Kwakye said the FDA was poised to ensure the safety of all drugs and food for public consumption and, therefore, as part of its operational activities, conducted routine monitoring at the markets and pharmacy shops in line with its mandate.

He noted that this year his outfit would focus on education and sensitisation of the public on the safety and standards of products and appealed to consumers to be alert and report any suspicious product; weather with fake information or unlabelled, to enable the Authority to take the appropriate action.

 

Source: ghanabusinessnews.com

FDA Seizes Expired Products

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) last December seized about a metric tonne of expired products from the open market, supermarkets, marts and pharmacy shops in the New Juaben Municipality.

The products seized included drugs, body creams, soft and hard drinks, food products such as corned beef, tin tomatoes, mayonnaise and salad creams through an operation by the FDA to protect the safety of consumers during the festive period.

The Regional Director of the FDA, Samuel Kwakye, who disclosed this to the GNA in an interview, said expired products were very dangerous to human consumption in that once the valid date was over some harmful substances were introduced into the products which ultimately could pose great danger to the human body.

He said interestingly some big shops, supermarkets and pharmacies, which were perceived to know better, were also found to have expired products on their shelves and advised the general public to be conscious of the expiry dates and other information on products for their safety.

Mr Kwakye said because of the grave danger that expired goods could pose to the human system, it was important for that information to be taken seriously and urged the public to check the expiry dates before purchasing any food product or drug.

According to the Regional Director, apart from the expired goods, some products may have their standards compromised due to storage and handling or exposure to certain weather conditions, especially sunlight, and urged the public not to buy products displayed in the sun.

He explained that the indications on food and drug products were not mere formalities but were arrived at after studies were conducted into the ingredients and chemical compositions of the products to ensure that the allowable chemicals and components were not harmful to humans.

Mr Kwakye said the FDA was poised to ensure the safety of all drugs and food for public consumption and, therefore, as part of its operational activities, conducted routine monitoring at the markets and pharmacy shops in line with its mandate.

He noted that this year his outfit would focus on education and sensitisation of the public on the safety and standards of products and appealed to consumers to be alert and report any suspicious product; weather with fake information or unlabelled, to enable the Authority take the appropriate action.

 

Source: mordenghana.com