Health hazard: BNI investigates importation of infested gizzard into Ghana

Health hazard: BNI investigates importation of infested gizzard into Ghana

- Three containers of infested gizzard have been released onto the Ghanaian market

- BNI is investigating Chief Executives of two food import companies

- The name or brand of the infested gizzard is salmonella

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The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is investigating the circumstances under which three 40-footer containers of infested gizzard were inputted into the country.

Two import companies and their CEOs are being investigated for their role in the importation of the infested salmonella gizzard.

The importing companies imported products without import permit and veterinary health certificates,” Dr Asiedu Baah, a veterinary officer at the port said.

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Officials at Ghana’s port say they were able to impound one of the containers but three others are already on the market.

According to a report by Myjoyonline.com, the containers which have been marked as contaminated were imported from Brazil into the country in 2019.

The importer of the product, however, managed to clear three of the containers and are already selling to the public.

Out of the four containers three have been cleared and we did a traceback and found out that indeed the importers have taken out three containers and sold to the unwholesome products to the general public,” Dr Asiedu Baah, a veterinary officer at the port told Joy News.

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He noted that the Ministry of Food and Agricultural has filed a complaint at the BNI and awaiting sanctions.

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The importing companies imported products without import permit and veterinary health certificates,” Dr Baah noted.

Meanwhile, the impounded container is scheduled to be destroyed on Monday, February 17, 2020.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a qualified nurse who remains without a job after completing school has been supported with an amount of GHc1,000.

The nurse, identified as Mary Ndoo Azure, has been selling oranges on the streets due to her inability to find a job. Mary’s unfortunate story was shared by Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng who works with Crime Check Ghana.

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