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04.07.2006 Press Release

Police Commence Criminal Investigations At EuroFoods

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The case of EuroFoods, the confectionary maker alleged to have used unwholesome flour in the production of its biscuits has taken on a criminal dimension.

The Food and Drugs Board recently closed down the factory of the confectionary manufacturer, following media reports that it was using weevil-infested flour in the production of its biscuits.

In an interview, the Chief Executive of the FDB, Mr Emmanuel Agyarko said the police are preparing a docket on the case, which will be submitted to the Attorney General's department for advice. According to Mr Agyarko the company failed to comply with the approved food safety standards.

"Weevil infestation in stock grain is common, but at a certain point, it becomes unwholesome. That is my understanding. Sometimes, in the beans we eat, you can find some weevils. Weevil infestation is common, but at certain point it becomes unacceptable and I think it got to the point that it was unacceptable".

For now, EuroFoods can operate only its confectionary line, whilst its biscuit factory remains shut until after the investigations.

Mr Agyarko says appropriate measures have been put in place to ensure that the company's production practices henceforth conform to industry standards.

The Crusading Guide newspaper broke the story a few weeks ago after its reporter spent over a month working there as a factory hand.

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