The Volta Regional Office of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has arrested a 50-year-old man who allegedly faked the Authority’s registration number to sell bottled water.
Yao Amenuvor, the Suspect, was said to have manually bottled “dense natural purified alkaline water” at Sokode-Lokoe, near Ho, under unhygienic conditions and placed faked FDA registration number on them for sale.
Mr. Gorden Akurugu, the Volta Regional Head of FDA, who briefed journalists, said the Authority, during its routine post-market surveillance, saw the product and was suspicious of the registration number and traced the source to Amenuvor at Sokode-Lokoe.
He said during interrogation, Amenuvor confessed faking the registration number and was handed over to the Police in Ho for further investigations.
Mr. Akurugu said apart from the fake FDA registration number, Amenuvor also gave a wrong location address - Voradep Village, instead of Sokode-Lokoe on the product, all to deceive the public, which was unlawful.
He said the Authority also suspended five sachet production facilities at Pillar Six and Seven at Aflao on the Ghana-Togo Border for producing under unhygienic conditions.
Mr Akurugu said the products were Al-Kawthar sachet water, Yram Keli sachet water, Blessed sachet water, and Madina sachet water, with the fifth product yet be located on the market.
The Regional Head said his outfit was carrying out post-market surveillance at pharmacy shops and on over-the-counter medicines and assured the public of its commitment to ensuring that the public consumed safe and quality food and drugs.
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