Marwako food poisoning was caused by poor hygiene and storage of foods – FDA

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has disclosed that it shut down the East Legon and Abelemkpe branches of Marwako Foods over poor sanitation, and microbial infestation.

The FDA’s action followed widespread reports of food poisoning on social media by dozens of customers.

In a statement on Monday June 13,2022, the FDA explained that based on its findings, the eatery failed to observe the appropriate sanitary practices, leading to widespread food poisoning, which was reported by affected customers.

“Analyses of samples of food, some juice drinks, and swaps taken from the environment at the East Legon branch of Mawarko Fast Food Limited indicate that there was heavy microbial load (pathogens) which may be linked to the food borne disease reported.

Delese Darko is the CEO of FDA.

“Samples collected from the Abelenkpe and La branches were also found to be contaminated. The levels of sanitation and hygiene in the food preparation areas in all three facilities were poor”, portions of the statement read.

Poor hygiene and storage practices led to Marwako food poisoning - Food and Drugs Authority

The FDA also revealed in its findings that the Management of the restaurant was not cooperating with the Authority.

“The process to establish the root cause of the contamination has been unfortunately hampered by the unapproved and unilateral decision of the Management of Marwako to destroy some of the food items whilst the investigation was in progress.

The FDA said it has applied the appropriate regulatory sanctions and is also “monitoring the implementation of the corrective and preventive actions (CAPA) by the Management of Marwako Fast Foods to address all the non-conformances identified to prevent any reoccurrence”.



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