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Police take over case of unwholesome fish in Kumasi

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has handed over the distributor of the large quantity of unwholesome can fish, which were being sold in Kumasi recently,  to the police for further action.

This followed initial investigations by the FDA, which revealed that the distributor had already stocked the market with hundreds of the products, labelled Beauport and Royal Crown Pilchard. This was done before the FDA stepped in.

A Kumasi-based importer of the product is, however, at large and efforts are being made to arrest him as well.

The Ashanti Regional head of FDA, Mr Vigil Eshun, told the Daily Graphic yesterday that importing and distributing unwholesome products was criminal, that was why his outfit had referred the matter to the police.

He would, however, not disclose the identities of the suspects since it could hamper police investigations.

Mr Eshun said the arrest would, among others, help to establish whether the products came into the country in an unwholesome state, as a result of poor storage.

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Mr Eshun added that about 4,000 of the unwholesome sardines that were impounded would be destroyed on August 9 in the presence of the media.

Following a tip off, FDA officials discovered the products in a warehouse in Kumasi. The cans containing the fish were rusty, partially mangled and bloated.

Initial investigations were conducted by the FDA into the matter, after which the distributor was handed over to the police.

By Kwame Asare Boadu/Daily Graphic/Ghana