Food And Drugs
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has called on Ghanaian public to pay special attention to expiry dates of products as they shop for Christmas.
The state agency responsible for the inspection, certification and proper distribution of foods and food products as well as drugs in the country said the consuming public ought to keep watch and know about the risks of unwholesome products available during this yuletide.
As indicated by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority, Mrs Delese Mimi Darko, her outfit has assured the public that the FDA would consistently proceed with its market reconnaissance and post for terminated, unregistered and unwholesome products to get them off the market.
“The public health and safety of the citizens of this country rests squarely on the integrity of each individual in our organisation”, she said.
Mrs Mimi Darko encouraged all staff members to be transparent, stay restrained and complete their duties with honor and pride.
“One person can make a difference and it is our collective effort that makes our organisation credible and trustworthy.” she said.
Mrs Darko expressed that disregarding the various challenges that faced the FDA during the year, the Authority prevailed with regards to accomplishing every one of the objectives it set for itself, adding that cooperating with the staff had taken huge steps in their performance in the year.
She said toward the start of the year, the entire country depended on FDA’s specialized evaluations of the COVID-19 immunizations and the master guidance for the fruitful on-boarding and sending of the five antibodies which had been supported for use in the country.
She unveiled that the FDA, in the short to medium term, was anticipating building up a solid emotionally supportive network that would empower the food and drugs industry produce quality made in Ghana items as the Authority was trying hard to help the local projects to jump all over the tax free intra-Africa exchange openings that the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) advertised.
She said the country, through the FDA, kept on taking huge steps in tobacco control in accordance with the country’s commitments under the World Health Organisation (WHO) system Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).
Mrs Darko added that this year, the country successfully sanctioned the Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products which would produce results on January 20, 2022.
She, in this way, asked the staff to increase state funded education and sensitisation activities in the coming year.
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