The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has destroyed some unwholesome goods, valued at GHC55,788, in Sunyani.
The goods were confiscated by the authority during its inspections this year.
The FDA inspected 1,125 shops in 22 towns and communities across 17 municipalities and districts in the region to ensure that safe and quality products were offered for sale in the market.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Head of the FDA, Mr Matthew Gyang Nkum, disclosed this at a press conference in Sunyani to brief the public on the disposal of the unwholesome goods.
He advised the public not to patronise unwholesome goods, especially during festivities such as Christmas.
The goods included food items, drugs, herbal medicine products, cosmetics and household chemicals.
The seized drugs were valued at GH¢30,682, food products amounted to GH¢10,659, while cosmetics, medical devices and household chemicals cost GH¢13,516.
Mr Nkum also advised the general public to be extra vigilant to avoid purchasing products whose packaging and labelling had been tampered with.
Advice to shop owners
He called on shop owners to avoid cooking or engaging in other activities in their shops because it increased the temperature in the shops.
That, he said, reduced the shelf life of the products and attracted harmful insects which could contaminate the products.
Unwholesome products such as expired, improperly stored, improperly labelled, substandard, fake, adulterated food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and household chemicals when consumed in a certain amount may be injurious.
Mr Nkum said the consumption of improperly stored, contaminated or expired milk products increased one’s chances of suffering illnesses such as diarrhoea, headache, stomach cramps resulting from microbial or mycotoxin intoxication.
He stated that labelling was vital for the safe and efficacious use of products and called for proper labels and information such as a list of active ingredients and their qualities, directions for product use, storage or handling conditions and warnings.