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FDA alerts public to fake Bio-oil

BY: Daily Graphic
Original (right) and fake (left)

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has cautioned the general public against patronising a fake Bio-oil, currently on the market.

Bio-oil is a cosmetic product meant for improving the appearance of scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing and dehydrated skin.

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In a statement, the FDA said the original Bio-oil bore the manufacturer’s location address on the outer package and a NAFDAC registration number. 

“The fake ones, however, have no NAFDAC registration number. Instead, they bear the manufacturer’s postal address.

The information provided on the outer package of the original is in English, French and Portuguese, but the fake ones have their information written in English only,” it added.

In addition, the FDA statement said the original Bio-oil had an orange colour while the fake ones had a colour which appeared pinkish and the content lighter than the original.

“The original Bio-oil is imported and distributed in Ghana by Ernest Chemists Limited,” it said.

The statement, therefore, advised the general public, especially shops dealing in cosmetics, to ensure they got their supplies from the right sources, so as to avoid selling fake products.

“Additionally, the general public is being assured of FDA’s readiness to ensure public health and safety at all times and therefore, appeals to the general public to give any information on persons suspected to be in any practice that has the possibility of endangering public health and safety through any of the following contacts: 0244337235, 0208204968 or 0244571563,” it stated.