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A fake herbal medicine producer is in the grips of the Ashanti Regional police for manufacturing and selling herbal concoction without authorisation from the Food and Drugs Authority.

The suspect Alfred Ampomah aged 37 had on his first arrest told the Police his Factory was at Trede.

A team of FDA officials and the police together with the suspect went on a fruitless search for the factory at Trede but to no avail.

The herbal concoction Power Planet and Kooko Boga being sold on the market had no FDA approval.

Ashanti Regional head of FDA John Laryea Odai Tetteh told Onua News such market surveillance will continue to ensure the safety of drugs and foods on the market.

“As it stands now no one knows what is in the product, it is a liquid formulation and because it is not registered we cannot guarantee its safety and efficacy,” Mr. Tetteh noted.

Market surveillance

Mr. Tetteh stated that the FDA’s routine market surveillance led them to identify the product and it had to be removed to save lives.

“The suspect has no licensed facility. He is just hiding somewhere and producing this product to sell to the unsuspecting public”

He indicated the readiness of the FDA to license any manufacturer who meets all the requirements of the Authority.

The Regional Head of FDA used the opportunity to caution the public from buying drugs from unlicensed shops.

“Buying drugs from hawkers could be dangerous to one’s health so I want to caution the public to desist from such practice and buy drugs and medicines from licensed chemical shops and pharmacies”

By Beatrice Spio-Garbrah|AkomaFM||Ghana