Contaminated gizzards hit Ghana’s market

Officials of two food importing companies are under investigation by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), for importing four-footer containers of salmonella infested gizzard into Ghana.

Even though one of the containers has been impounded, officials say the remaining three which can feed millions of consumers have been cleared and are already on the market.

The containers marked as contaminated were imported from Brazil in 2019.

Officials of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) say they moved in to impound the containers at the Tema Port, after receiving a tip-off from Brazilian authorities about the infested gizzard.

The importers however were able to clear three of the containers ahead of the officials and have succeeded in getting the products into the market.

“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 the unwholesome products to the general public,” Dr Asiedu Baah told Joy News’.

Officials say the companies imported the products without import permit and veterinary health certificates.

The last of the containers which was impounded is scheduled to be destroyed on Monday, February 17, 2020.