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The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) says it has confiscated Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Six (4,706) cartons of unwholesome weevil infested spaghetti meant for public consumption.

The Board said One Hundred and Forty Nine (149) cartons were being offered for sale at First Gate Shopping Mall located at CMB, Accra Central Business District whiles Four Thousand Five Hundred and Fifty Seven (4557) cartons were seized from the warehouse of Eakaza Limited which is the distributor of the product.

The product has the following details.

Product Name ------ Beslen spaghetti

Production date ------ 03/2010

Expiry date ------ 03/2011

Batch number ------ 1003

Manufacturer’s Address: Beslen Makarna Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S , 1 Organize Sanayi Bolgesi, Baspinar Gaziantep Turkey .

“The unwholesome Beslen spaghetti shows powdery signs, holes on the sachet packaging material due to the activities of the weevils and emits mouldy smell, indicating fungal infestation,” Chief Executive of the Food and Drugs Board, Dr. Stephen K. Opuni, noted in press release.

He warned that the fungal growth in the unwholesome spaghetti can result in incidence of aflatoxin in the spaghetti which is known to be carcinogenic and thereby posing public health risk to consumers.

The statement said: “The distribution and retail of the unwholesome weevil infested Beslen spaghetti contravenes Section 1(a) of the Food and Drugs Law, 1992 (PNDCL 305B), which states that: ‘Any person that sells or offers for sale a food that is unwholesome or unfit for human or animal consumption’ commits an offence.”

According to the release, Mr Alex Marfo, the retailer of the 149 cartons of the unwholesome Beslen spaghetti, has been handed over to the police for further investigations and possible prosecution.

It advised the general public to report any person(s) associated with the distribution of the unwholesome weevil infested Beslen spaghetti or any unwholesome food product to the Food and Drugs Board on any of the underlisted telephone numbers: 0244-337235, 0244-337243, 0244-337247, 0244-337251

“The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) wishes to assure the general public of its resolve to protect public health and safety.”

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