FDA confirms food contamination at Marwako Restaurant

Accra, June 14, GNA - The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has confirmed that the suspected food poisoning at the Marwako Food Restaurant East Legon branch was due to food contamination.







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

A statement issued and copied to the Ghana News Agency said samples collected from the Abelenkpe and La branches were also found to be heavily contaminated.
It said the levels of sanitation and hygiene in the food preparation areas in all three facilities as well as the storage practices were poor and contributed to the food poisoning.

Investigations indicated that the temperatures of deep freezers and refrigerators were far above the acceptable ranges, the handling practices of ingredients used in cooking, cooked and ready-to-eat food items were also very poor.

It noted that processes to establish the root cause of the contamination was unfortunately tampered 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 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," it said.

The statement said catering services at the facilities remained suspended as investigations were still ongoing.

The FDA assured the public  that it would continue to closely monitor all activities at Marwako Fast Foods Limited to ensure compliance to the directives and as well update the public on any subsequent development.

Meanwhile, the three branches under investigations remain closed until further notice.

GNA