FDA assures Ghanaians in wake of tilapia deaths

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has assured that it is working assiduously to ensure that the unwholesome tilapia found at Asutuare in the Greater Accra Region does not get onto other markets for consumption by unsuspecting public. 

Officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation and National Security operatives have destroyed eighteen (18) kilograms of noxious tilapia at Asutsuare after several tons of the fish began to die early last week, sparking fears of poisoning among residents who contacted NADMO and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) for assistance.


Officials of the two state organisations subsequently moved in, seizing the contaminated produce, destroying them to avoid human consumption.


Reports indicate that the shoals of fish belong to a Chinese-owned fish farming company – Fujian Farm – and were allegedly brought into the country from China.


In an interview the Public Relations Officer of the FDA, James Lartey, stated that his outfit was collaborating with the ministry of fisheries and aquaculture development to avert a situation where lives would be put in danger following the consumption of what is believed to be poisonous fish.


“I know the Ministry of Fisheries has picked samples from the place already to the Ghana Standards Authority to be tested to confirm what is actually the cause of the death of the fishes. FDA is also ensuring that the product does not come into trade.”


It is yet to be established if indeed the said shoals of tilapia are Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).


The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in October 2017 destroyed 4,500 cartons of unwholesome canned fish that were said to be on transit to Togo, but were diverted onto the Ghanaian market.


Dotsico Ventures imported the unregistered consignment labeled: ‘Asahi’ into the country.


The police and officials of the FDA at the Achimota Mile Seven Police Station supervised the exercise.





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