FDA shuts down meat section of Shoprite for mislabeling imported chicken
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has shut down the meat section of Shoprite at the Accra Mall.
The regulator took this action because the shop was selling imported chicken as locally produced ones to their customers.
This website has gathered that the FDA would take similar actions in all branches of Shoprite.
A Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the FDA, Akua Amartey, who spoke to Accra based Citi Fm stated that indicated that what the company did was unlawful.
“It came to our attention that they actually label frozen chicken that they thaw as fresh chicken, and that is against the Public Health Act. ”
According to her, Shoprite was “given an administrative fine to pay that is going to make it punitive for them not to repeat such an action.”
“They must decide to sell frozen chicken as frozen chicken. If they want to sell fresh chicken then they should let us know which farms they are getting the fresh chicken from, what documentation comes in, what inspections they are producing, when they receive consignments of fresh chicken; which freezers they will put them in. How they are going to dispose of [the chicken] after the shelf life so that they do not end up freezing them and selling them as fresh chicken. So there are so many things we need to work hand in hand with them on including training their staff.”