The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has cautioned the public against body enhancement products on the Ghanaian market, stressing that the regulatory body has not approved any of such products in Ghana.
This was disclosed by Mrs. Jemima Doreen Offei Agyepong, a Senior Regulatory Officer and a Cosmetic Scientist at the FDA, in an interview with Pomaah Kyekyeku on Tonton Sansan on TV XYZ Friday morning.
Discussing the proliferation of the harmful effects of such products on various markets across the country, Madam Agyepong advised Ghanaians, especially females to desist from buying such body enhancement products since they cause huge damages to some body organs.
“Some people take pills while others also inject the chemicals into their bodies. This is dangerous because those who administer the injections for the desperate young ones who want to have their bodies enhanced are not professional people. Again, the syringes are used for other persons and it results in the spread of HIV and other infections,” she said in Akan.
Madam Agyepong also observed that those who depend on such drugs are likely to damage their livers and kidneys because their usage is not regulated by any authorised bodies in the country.
Apart from placing a ban on the sale of cosmetic products containing hydroquinone – a skin bleaching agent known to cause blistering and discolouration of the skin, the FDA faces a tough task by regulating body enhancement products but Jemima Agyapong believes the Authority is on top of its game.
“Companies that illegally produce, sell, and advertise body enhancement products risk prosecution because of the adverse health implications that these drugs can have on consumers,” she noted and explained that their routine market surveillance and monitoring activities have improved over the years, leading to the arrest and prosecution of some known figures that engaged in the illicit trade.
The FDA, she said, was aware that body enhancement products were being advertised and sold with no authorization from the Authority and in contravention with the Public Health Act 2012 (Act 851), however, the arrests made so far could help deter others from engaging in the sale pf such drugs.
Mrs. Agyepong further advised Ghanaians to report any suspected cases to the FDA via its social media sites and in person, assuring that the identity of informants is always protected.
Watch the conversation below (beginning from1:31 minutes)
By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana