palm oil production
At Piase, a farming community in the Bosumtwi District of the Region, producers of the product told that people no longer come to buy their palm oil since the news broke last week.
The warning by the Food and Drugs Authority over the cancerous detection substances in palm oil is leading to the steady downfall of the palm oil business in the Ashanti Region.
Media reports that the business is about to collapse at Piase as a result of the FDA instruction.
Most of the women in the community, which is a hub of palm oil production, depend on the palm oil business as a major livelihood.
The business is the engine for economic growth of Ashanti region as well because over 65 % of women are engaged in it.
But the once flourishing business is gradually failing less than a week after the Food and Drugs Authority exposed that some retailers of the product have contaminated it with ‘Sudan IV’ or ‘Sudee’, an industrial dye used in the coloration of plastics and other synthetic products.
The Food and Drugs Authority says the chemical-laced with the palm oil is cancerous.
The condition is having a severe toll on the palm oil business in Piase, as manufacturers of the product discovered customers have stopped buying the palm oil.
Elizabeth Bio, who has been in the business for the past forty eight years, said the issue of ‘Sudee, that she has never used nor seen before, is failing their business.
Magaret Osei said they have already numerous unsold palm oil gallons, later, fear to process more.
She noted that palm oil producers at Piase have never and will never mix their palm oil with any cancerous substance.
She appealed with the Food and Drugs Authority to speed up its investigations into the act and punish those found guilty of the crime.
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