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'Cancerous oil' Angry palm oil traders to hold emergency meeting Friday

FDA has warned against the consumption of palm oil sold on some selected markets, including the Mallam Atta, Dome, Dansoman, Agbogbloshie and Kaneshie markets.

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The Greater Accra Palm Oil Sellers Association will on Friday hold an emergency meeting over reports their product is adulterated with cancer-causing substances.

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), last week, confiscated large quantities of palm oil from some selected markets, after the product were said to have been adulterated with Sudan IV, an industrial dye used in the colouration of plastics and other synthetic products.

RELATED: Don't buy palm oil at Accra markets - FDA warns

However, some traders of palm oil in Accra have denied the report. They believe the emergency meeting on Friday will help address their grievances.

play Sandra Danso, President of Palm Oil dealers at Madina Market


Speaking to Pulse.com.gh, President of the Palm Oil Sellers association at the Madina market, Sandra Danso said "The organiser of the Greater Accra Palm Oil Sellers Association has asked me to assemble all my members for a meeting on Friday to discuss the way forward on the matter."

FDA has however warned against the consumption of palm oil sold on some selected markets, including the Mallam Atta, Dome, Dansoman, Agbogbloshie and Kaneshie markets.

RELATED: FDA's warning against palm oil consumption is panicky

A number of containers of the product were also seized from the Madina, Makola No 2, Tema Community One and Ashaiman markets.

Meanwhile, the Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) of the Ghana Police Service will, in the ensuing days, put before court the 22 traders arrested in connection with large quantities of adulterated palm oil confiscated by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) over the weekend.

Already, officials of the FDA have been invited to submit a written statement to the police on the laboratory analysis on the products which have so far tested positive for 98 per cent of active Sudan III and Sudan IV, also known as ‘sudee’, a potential cancer-causing chemical.

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