The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says it’s now retrieving from the market over 4,000 cartons of So Nice mackerel.
This follows revelations that the importers of the canned fish had earlier imported another brand considered toxic and could be fatal when consumed.
Though the FDA has been able to retrieve some 500 cartons of “So Nice” mackerel, there are fears about four thousand cartons still remain on the market across the country. And it is obvious many of them have already been consumed.
The FDA says it is working to retrieve the remaining boxes of the product.
“We are still looking in the various regions where the products are. We suspect some regions more but we are doing our intelligence work,” the head of Food Enforcement, Maria Aba Lovelace Jonhson told Joy News' Emefa Dzradosi.
The Authority said the product did not pass through approved safety and health checks at the Tema Port before it was cleared on October 2, 2017.
So far, 500 cartons of the product have been confiscated by the Ashanti Regional Office of the FDA.
The Head of Communications at the FDA, James Lartey said, the owner of the product, Kofi Dotsi, claimed it was not meant for the Ghanaian market and that it was on transit to Togo.
However, Mr Lartey said, immediately the owner cleared the product, he allegedly diverted it for distribution on the local market.
Meanwhile, the FDA has been giving titbits to alert the general public on how to detect a bad canned product.
Mrs Lovelace Johnson has charged all consumers to do a seal testing which she said is very critical.
“If you pressed the center of a canned product and feel an up and downward movement [with a tick-tock sound], then you might have purchased a harmful product.
“We tell people don’t buy dented and bloated canned products and avoid rusty canned products,” she said.
The difficulty of consumers to determine whether a product has been registered with the FDA has for a long time been the reason for the prevalence of unwholesome products on the Ghanaian market.
Advising further, Mrs Johson said consumers should be particular about looking out for the best before date, list of ingredient, batch number, name and address of the manufacturer, packer or distributor as well as the country of origin.
She said consumers should ensure that all the aforementioned are written in English language and registration by the FDA.