Piccadilly Biscuit warehouse shut down by Food and Drugs Authority

Piccadilly Biscuit warehouse shut down by Food and Drugs Authority

The warehouse of the Piccadilly Biscuit Limited has been closed down by the Food and Drugs Authority after it emerged that the compound is infested with weevils.

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Production at the factory has also been placed on hold.

Speaking in an interview with Ghana News Agency, the head of communications at the FDA, James Lartey said the Piccadilly warehouse was closed down on February 16.

FDA closes down piccadilly factory

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According to him, the FDA responded to complaints from residents near the warehouse, that their homes were facing weevil infestation from the warehouse.

An inspection of the compound by a unit from the FDA led to findings of weevil-infested bags of flour.

"Last week we had to close their warehouse where the flour was being kept. And then we gave them a letter on Friday that was effective last Monday, indicating that they should stop all production and make sure they deal with the weevil infestation. We have also asked them to arrange with AMA to get rid of the weevil infested flour; and we will come and supervise the destruction of all the flour," Mr Lartey said.

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He stated that the warehouse will remain closed until management of the factory acted in accordance to the directive from the FDA.

Piccadilly GEM biscuits have been popular snack favorites for Ghanaians for years, and especially during the Christmas holidays. The COREEN biscuits, popularly known as 'Hye Me Ma' have been a staple for many boarding students over the years.

The company was found over 60 years ago, and is among the landmark companies sharing in Ghana's history.

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