Hundreds of boxes of COA FS, which were recently recalled from the market, have been destroyed by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in Cape Coast.
According to the Daily Graphic, 640 boxes of the 500ml dosage of the popular food supplement, worth GH¢1,536 and 52 boxes of the 250ml dosage valued at GH¢124,800 were destroyed over the weekend.
“The Head of the Drugs Marketing Surveillance Department of the FDA, Mr Vigil Prah-Ashun, told the Daily Graphic that the food supplements were crushed and burnt over the weekend at the Nkanfoa landfill site in Cape Coast under the supervision of the regional officers of the authority,” the online news portal of the state-owned Daily Graphic reports.
The FDA in April directed the manufacturers to recall the food supplement from shelves because some samples of the product had been found to be contaminated.
Mr. Prah-Ashun told the Daily Graphic that following the directive by the FDA for the recall of the products, its officials monitored as the manufacturers complied and had the products returned by the retailers, shops, and other sources.
He said the FDA has so far been satisfied with the level of compliance from the manufacturers.
The FDA said it will continue to monitor the markets to ensure that only safe products were produced and sold.
“We have made it part of our daily market surveillance activities and have advised the public not to patronise the product until it gets a final clearance from the FDA,” Mr Prah-Ashun said.
Meanwhile, the manufacturers of the food supplement, COA Herbal Centre, said having complied with the FDA directive, it was now awaiting the next directive from the authority to resume production.