The seized products, including allopathic and herbal drugs, household chemical substances, medical devices, cosmetic products, and food items, were collected during routine market surveillance activities in the first half of the year.
Mr. John Layea Odai-Tetteh, the Regional Head of the FDA, highlighted the authority's responsibility under the Public Health Act, 2012, Act 851, to ensure public health and safety, including the safe disposal of unwholesome regulated products.
The products were either expired, unregistered, or damaged.
In light of this, Mr. Odai-Tetteh advised consumers to be vigilant when purchasing products and to look for registered items that are not damaged or expired. He also cautioned against buying products from unauthorized sources and urged the public to seek a proper diagnosis from clinics or hospitals when sick.
To avoid confiscation, Mr. Odai-Tetteh advised wholesalers, retailers, and warehouses to ensure their products are registered by the FDA.
He encouraged the public to report any regulatory concerns to the office, assuring that the FDA would take necessary actions to address complaints.