Madina Market We do not colour our oranges - Sellers

Addressing a press conference last week, the leader of the group, Reverend Mary Owusu denied allegations that they "use any artificial additives to change the colour of oranges”.

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The Orange Sellers Association of Ghana (OSAG) has lamented about poor sales after the Food and Dugs Authority (FDA) arrested two women for dipping peeled oranges into a solution to impact the colour of the orange.

Addressing a press confernece last week, the leader of the group, Reverend Mary Owusu denied allegations that they "use any artificial additives to change the colour of oranges”.

The two women were arrested after a swoop at the Madina market on Tuesday, June 13.

READ MORE: FDA declares war on 'bizarre' food colouring flooding the market

Wearing red headgears, the orange sellers claim their own internal investigations show no member of the association sells coloured oranges.

According Rev. Owusu, weeks of bad press has affected sales of oranges, saying some oranges sellers had to discard tonnes of them because sales had gone down.

Prior to the press conference, they held a mini demonstration to protest press coverage of the incident involving the two arrested women.

“This is based on an erroneous impression that our members were involved in the act," she said.

As a registered and responsible association, the negative publicity has forced members of the association to throw away thousands of oranges worth thousands of Ghana cedis due to the poor patronage,’’ she added.

READ MORE:Two women arrested for adulterating oranges

Rev. Owusu urged the FDA to prosecute the women who were arrested for colouring their oranges.

"We also ask the police and FDA to prosecute the two persons arrested in connection (with) the illegal act,” she said.

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