Public Relations Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority, Mr. James Lartey has cautioned the general public to take note of the expiry dates on products ahead of the festive season.
According to him, some importers and retailers take advantage of the festivities to sell nearly-expired goods to the public at cheaper prices.
He advised the public to buy goods they can consume within a short time and report to the FDA when expired goods are sold to them.
“…what I advise consumers to check is expiry dates [and] that’s very needy. If you notice that the date or the labelling appears to be defaced or altered or has been tempered with the best thing to do is not to buy it but to report to the FDA” he said
Speaking on our morning show Campus Exclusive, Mr. Lartey clarified that it was legal for retailers to sell to their consumers goods which are about to expire and it is at the discretion of the consumer to buy such items.
“If the product is left with a day to expire it is never illegal for it to be on the market it can be on the market, so it is you the consumer that must determine that can I consume it before it expires so you know the quantity to buy”
He also outlined some punishments which will be meted out to individuals and retailers found guilty of selling expired products
“…for offenders or people who are found guilty they will attract a sentence of the period not more than twenty seven years, that’s for food products and a fine of seven thousand five hundred penalty units and then not more than that and one penalty unit is twelve Ghana cedis”
Story by: Khadijah Latif/universnewsroom.com