- The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says it has no mandate to demand compensation for victims of the alleged food poisoning at Marwako's East Legon branch
- Director of Legal, Joseph Bennie, says the Authority can decide on the sanctions to apply in such cases
- According to him, the sanctions include a ban, fine, caution, or prosecution after investigations establish the cause of food poisoning
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Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)'s Director of Legal says they cannot demand compensation for victims of the alleged food poisoning at Marwako's East Legon branch.
Joseph Bennie said the Authority has no mandate to pressure for amends in cash from the eatery to the affected persons.
In an interview with YEN.com.gh, Bennie said the FDA can carry out sanctions in the form of ''a ban, fine, caution, or prosecution'' in such cases.
The Acting Director's comments come amid widespread reports of food poisoning at Marwako's East Legon branch on social media, leading to the closure of the restaurant.
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He said the closure of the eatery was to prevent an escalation of reported cases of food poisoning.
Investigations are still ongoing
Speaking on the investigations, Joseph Bennie said the FDA is yet to establish the cause of the food poisoning.
''Investigations will conclude in not less than a week or more,'' he told YEN.comgh.
Marwako Appeals To FDA To Not Close Down All Branches Over Food Poisoning Complaints
YEN.com.gh previously reported that the management of Marwako has appealed to the FDA to open other branches closed down following complaints of food poisoning at its East Legon branch.
PRO for Marwako Fast Food Ltd, Mohammed Amin Lamptey, said while the popular food business accepts the decision of the FDA, the industry regulator, it is only fair for the affected branch to be shut down.
''The FDA shut down of our branches is quite unfortunate and it is really something that is going to create another problem for Mawako Fast Foods Limited. In as much as we all know that it is an isolated case…we thought that the FDA will focus on the East Legon branch,'' Lamptey told reporters on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
FDA Shuts Down Marwako East Legon Following Multiple Reports Of Food Poisoning By Customer
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported previously in a related story that the popular Marwako restaurant came under massive backlash after multiple customers came out to complain bitterly about the ordeal they went through after patronising the food joint.
In the reports, these customers gave grim accounts of food poisoning they suffered after eating from the restaurant, with some being hospitalised for days and others being on several medications.
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