THE Takoradi Zonal Office of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) has destroyed quantities of expired and unwholesome food products worth about GH¢10,000 at the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly’s landfill site at Osofokrom near Essipong.
The food products were confiscated from a number of shops in the Western and Central regions during the board’s post-market surveillance exercise.
The items included biscuits, confectioneries, canned and paper drinks, pieces of toothpaste, Blue Band margarine, tampico, liquid soap, tins of milk and Star Kist (flake tuna fish).
Briefing the press before the destruction of the confiscated items, the Zonal Officer of the Food and Drugs Board in charge of the Western and Central regions, Mr George Pentsil, explained that the exercise was a regular one undertaken by the board.
He said during such exercises, the board looked out for counterfeit products or found out whether the products had expired, as well as the certification of the products or whether they were duly registered.
Mr Pentsil said the FDB expected maximum co-operation from the wholesalers, shop owners and the consumers.
He urged wholesalers to stop pushing expired and unwholesome products into the market, and also called on the shop owners, as well as the consumers, to check for the expiry dates of products.
“Check whether the expiry date is there. If you don’t find it, don’t buy the product,” he advised shop owners and consumers.