Honey producers have hinted that some unscrupulous persons are trying to throw them out of business and are allegedly melting foam mattresses with sugar and selling them to unsuspecting consumers under the guise that it is “genuine” honey.
The activities of these counterfeiters come on the heels of the high demand for honey in view of its nutritional value which is supposed to look thick and a little dark.
Consumers therefore want the regulatory body to investigate the adulteration of honey by some producers which has created panic among consumers.
The FDA has however revealed that it is conducting some investigations to unearth those behind the fake honey in its Post Market Surveillance.
According to the FDA, the issue has been reported and officials are treating it with all seriousness like the Sudine IV adulteration of Palm oil.
The authority blames the emerging problems to lukewarm attitude among Ghanaians but it however, assures that there are harmonization issues currently ongoing in the sub region to ensure that drugs and other products are suitable for all countries.
The FDA however urged the public to assist the authority with information to help clamp down on persons believed to be behind the production of the fake honey.
Responding to concerns about Pastors claims of possessing water that has healing potency, FDA’s Head of Communications James Lartey said the authority cannot go after those pastors if inscriptions of sicknesses the water is treating are not labeled on the bottles.
He explained that they can only arrest and prosecute such pastors if they are able adduce evidence. “If you don’t believe in it; don’t go for it, he advised consumers”, he revealed.