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24.04.2012 General News

FDB seizes unwholesome fish

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FDB seizes unwholesome fish
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The Food and Drugs Board, upon a tip off has seized a consignment of about One Thousand (1000) cartons of unwholesome fish, imported by C & G Company Limited based in Tema.

Inspection at the C & G facility indicated that the said consignment of fish was being stored under unhygienic conditions, a release by John Odame-Darkwah, Ag Deputy Chief Executive (Food) has said.

According to the release, “it was also detected that C & G indulges in the repackaging of unwholesome fish for placement on the market”.

These actions of C & G Company Ltd. contravene sections 7 and 8 (1) of the Food and Drugs Law, PNDC Law 305B, it said.

Section 7 of the Food and Drugs law stipulates: “Any person who sells, prepares, packages, conveys, stores or displays for sale any food under insanitary conditions commits an offence.

“Section 8(1): “Any person who (a) sells, or offers or exposes for sale, or has in his possession for sale or (b) deposits with or consigns to any person for the purpose of sale, any food intended for, but unfit for human consumption commits an offence.”

The Food and Drugs Board has confiscated the consignment of unwholesome fish for safe disposal, to protect public health and safety.

“Importers of frozen animal products should note that proper and constant maintenance of the cold chain, as well as hygiene during storage and /or transportation of their frozen products are basic requirements to guarantee product wholesomeness,” the statement noted.

The Food and Drugs Board promised to continue its monitoring of the operations of all Bulk Cold Storage Facilities to ensure that they adhere strictly to Good Cold Storage Practices.

The Board also assured the public that it would continue to do all to protect public health and safety.

“Information from the general public on persons suspected to be in any practice with the potential of endangering public health and safety with respect to FDB's mandate is most welcomed through any of the following contact numbers; 0244337235, 0244337243 or 0244337247.”

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