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11.10.2004 Business & Finance

Ministry Puts Restriction On Palm Oil Exports

Accra, Oct 11, Daily Graphic --The Ministry of Trade, Industry and President's Special Initiatives has placed restrictions on the export and local marketing of palm oil and chilies with immediate effect.

A statement issued by the ministry explained that the restrictions had become necessary to arrest what it called the “UAScrupulous behavior of exporters and producers who are adulterating these food items with harmful contaminant ostensibly to dye them into a red colour.”

Consequently, it said, no palm oil and chilies shall be allowed to be exported from Ghana unless the exporter applied to the Food and Drugs Board to test and certify that each batch of palm oil and chilies meant for export did not contain any harmful Contaminants, especially Sudan dyes.

The statement stated further that, the ministry, together with the Food and Drugs Board, is conducting a country-wide sampling of palm oil and chillies sold in the markets to determine the extent of the problem.

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