FDA warns against illegal, harmful body enhancement products

BY: Kweku Zurek
Mrs Delese Mimi Darko — FDA CEO
Mrs Delese Mimi Darko — FDA CEO

Ghana's Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has warned companies that illegally produce, sell and advertise body enhancement products that they risk prosecution because of the adverse health implications that these drugs can have on consumers.

The FDA in a statement said its routine market surveillance and monitoring activities had found that body enhancement products were being advertised and sold with no authorization from the Authority and in contravention with the Public Health Act 2012 (Act 851).

The statement which warned the offending companies to desist from their unlawful acts added that the FDA will not hesitate to prosecute companies that are found to be flouting the law.

"Sections 111 and 114 of the Public Health Act 851 of 2012 mandates anyone into the manufacturing and advertising regulated products to seek the approval of the FDA before offering them for sale to the general public," the statement said.

"Companies that perpetuate such acts are by this press statement warned to cease the production, manufacture, selling and advertisements of such products with immediate effect.

"Pursuant to this provision and in line with our mandate to protect public health and safety, the FDA will not hesitate to prosecute companies that are found to be flouting the law".

Body enhancement products

Some of the products which are growing in popularity are purported to be used for the enlargement of breasts, hips, buttocks and the male sexual reproductive organ. Others also claim to enhance the skin tone or tighten the female reproductive organ.

They are usually advertised on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.