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Unlicensed sachet water producer arrested by FDA

jail Criminal-BehaviorThe Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in the Central Region has arrested the owner of Linko Enterprise, based at Assin Fosu, for producing and distributing three brands of sachet water without license.

Collins Amoah, was initially accosted by an FDA team during a post market surveillance in the area on Friday, June 3, with 150 bags of sachet water labeled “BLESSEMM Filtered Drinking Water”, “HAMDALLAH Filtered Drinking Water” and “Eau Naafa Koudougou Aymeroz” but he fled.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA)  at the weekend, Mr. Kwame Nsiah-Poku, the FDA Regional Head, said  Amoah reported himself to the FDA later on Monday, June 6, leading to his arrest and handing over to the Police.

He said from the inscriptions on the sachets, “BLESSEMM” was supposedly produced by Blessing and Emmanuel Enterprise in Sefwi Akotombra in the Western Region, while “HAMDALLAH” was manufactured by Zakama Iddrisu Enterprise at Wa, in Upper West Region.

The third brand, “Eau Naafa Koudougou   Aymeroz”,  which had all the information and label  in French, was made  in  Burkina Faso.

Mr. Nsiah-Poku said Amoah alleged that he was supplied with the sachets by a certain DBS company in Kumasi, and he used it to produce the water at his base.

He said the Police had started investigation to ascertain the truth and bring to book all his accomplices to safeguard public health.

The FDA, he said, had not given license for the production of the three brands and could not guarantee their safety and quality.

He said even if Amoah had the authorisation from the supposed companies to produce them in the Region, FDA had not licensed his premises for the production.

He said Amoah picked up a form at the FDA’s office in 2011 to produce “Linko Drinking Water” but he never completed the process.

However, he was often found to be in possession of several brands of unlicensed water, which the FDA disposed off.

He said the FDA had intensified its surveillance and, therefore, cautioned sachet water producers who had not registered their products to do so and urged the public to raise the alarm on persons discretely producing sachet water.

Source: GNA

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