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FDA arrests unlicensed sachet water producer

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.

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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 labelled “BLESSEMM Filtered Drinking Water”, “HAMDALLAH Filtered Drinking Water” and “Eau Naafa Koudougou Aymeroz” but he fled.

The FDA Regional Head, Mr. Kwame Nsiah-Poku, said Amoah reported himself to the FDA later on Monday, June 6 which led to his arrest.

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.

According to him, 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 of.

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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