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FDA and Police arrest two for selling unregistered and falsified products in Western North Region

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The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in collaboration with the Police has arrested two suspects for selling unregistered and falsified products at Sefwi-Dwenase in the Wiawso Municipality. The suspects are Benjamin Arthur and Albert Baiden.

According to Mr Albert Ankamah, the Regional Director of the FDA, the first suspect, Benjamin Arthur was selling three products, one of which was a falsified product called “Dr cote D’voire”. The other two products, ABM Gone capsules and ABM Mr man capsules had fake FDA product registration numbers.

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After arresting Benjamin Arthur, he led the team to the second suspect, Albert Baiden, the producer of ABM Gono and ABM Mr man capsules.

The FDA is mandated by the Public Health 2012 (Act 851) to ensure public safety by regulating food, drugs, cosmetics substances, blood products, tobacco and tobacco products which are healthy for public consumption. Mr Ankomah emphasized that the FDA is on high alert to ensure that all falsified, unregistered, deceptive and unwholesome products do not enter the market in the newly created region.

“In a nutshell, the FDA will apply the necessary laws and sanctions to anyone who breaches the law, and this includes advertisers such as radio stations and local information centers who use their platforms to market unregistered and falsified products in the Region,” Mr Ankomah warned.

He added that both the owner of an unregistered product as well as the seller were all culpable and urged the public to buy medicines, especially herbal medicines from licensed shops.

To avoid falling foul of the law, Mr Ankomah advised radio stations and local information centers to request FDA license certificates from advertisers before airing their products.

The FDA is committed to ensuring the safety of the public by regulating the sale of food, drugs, cosmetics substances, blood products, tobacco and tobacco products. Therefore, it is important to be vigilant when buying products from the market and ensure that they are registered with the FDA before consumption.

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