The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says it is concerned about the high intake of sweetened-carbonated drinks by the public, especially children.
According to the Director of Industrial Support at FDA, Kofi Essel, high consumption of sugar and sugary substances are contributing to sugar-related ailments thus the need to raise public awareness.
He bemoaned parents’ inability to control what children consume noting that some allow children to drink lots of sugary drinks which poses health risks in the future.
In an interview Mr Kofi Essel said “the FDA and the Ghana Health Service have become very much concerned about the rate at which people consume sweetened-carbonated drinks. They are not unsafe, however the high intake of sugar is contributing to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).”
He noted that as a precautionary measure, the FDA has stopped some combinations of ingredients for public health safety reasons.
“So there are certain combinations in formulations of foods that we (FDA) look out for. When you bring your product to the FDA and we see that your formulation will increase the sweetness we advise that, you take out some components because the targets are children.”
He made this disclosure while speaking on food safety and indicated that his outfit is trying to raise public awareness on food hygiene on “World Safety Day”.
According to Mr. Essel, it is high time Ghanaians -both sellers and consumers – take food safety issues seriously to avoid injury or health-related risks.
He educated retailers and wholesalers of sachet water, bottled water, and fizzy drinks to cease exposing them to direct sunlight.
He explained that water packaged in plastic or sachet may not be bad for health however, the danger is that plastic or sachet reacts to sunlight and thus generates chemicals that are harmful to the body.