Cancer causing palm oil
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has seized Dozens of drums of local palm oil adulterated with cancer-causing chemicals in Accra.
According to the authorities, palm oil that was being sold at the Agbogbloshie market in Accra contained Sudan IV fat-soluble dye that is chemical used to colour oils, waxes, shoe polish, and greases among others.
Certain distributors and merchants of palm oil having been using the chemical to enhance and maintain the colour of the oil.
The red colour intensity is an indication of quality; a common perception here and also dyes prevent products from losing their colour over time.
However, since 1995, the chemical has been ruled as unsafe in food for human consumption because it is capable of causing damage to one’s DNA which can potentially lead to the formation of malicious tumors.
After months of investigation by a monitoring team of the Food and Drugs Authority, the oil has been seized this Saturday.
Sudan [I, II, III, and IV] has been classified as a category three carcinogen drug by an International Agency for Research.
The FDA investigated Miva Lifeline Limited in August this year, over so-called use of Sudan IV dye in its palm oil, Fiavitor Dzomi, following an alert by the Tower Hamlets Council of the United Kingdom.
The operation has been stretched countrywide to identify arrest and prosecute criminals.
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