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Marwako calls for independent probe into food contamination

Reacting to the development in an interview with Asaase News, Lamptey said the statement put out by the FDA has tarnished the image of the restaurant

Mohammed Amin Lamptey, the public relations officer of Marwako Restaurant has said his outfit may call for an independent probe into recent food contamination at its restaurants.

It comes after the FDA said the process to establish the root cause of the recent food contamination at Marwako Restaurant at the East Legon branch has been “unfortunately hampered.”

Reacting to the development in an interview with Asaase News, Lamptey said the statement put out by the FDA has tarnished the image of the restaurant.

“….Anything can happen to bring about food poisoning, inasmuch as  FDA is the regulator, we respect them, we appreciate the statement, Marwako is looking forward to bounce back.

“But the point that we are worried about is that the statement that they put out, in business, in marketability, they have tarnished the brand and image of Marwako,” Lamptey said.

“The issue is like a football match, somebody may play a game and lose the game, the person may come and say that inasmuch as I have lost the game, I disagree with the referee’s decision. We may call for independent investigations. Whether I like it or not, they are the regulators, we have to follow what they say,” he added.

Lamptey said it took the FDA three days to inspect the premises after the food contamination was recorded at its East Legon branch.

Listen to Mohammed Amin Lamptey in the attached audio:

Levels of sanitation and hygiene in food preparation at Marwako poor

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has said the process to establish the root cause of the recent food contamination at Marwako Restaurant at the East Legon branch 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.”

In a statement issued by the Chief Executive of the FDA on Monday (13 June), the FDA said, “catering services at the facilities remain suspended and that the public would be updated on any subsequent developments.”

It 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.

In the statement, which was meant to update the public on the ongoing investigations into the suspected food poisoning incident at the East Legon branch of Marwako Fast Food Limited, the FDA said “analyses of samples of food, some juice drinks, and swaps taken from the environment at the East Legon branch of Marwako Fast Food Limited indicate that there was heavy microbial load (pathogens) which may be linked to the food borne disease reported.”

“Samples collected from the Abelenkpe and La branches were also found to be heavily contaminated.”

“The levels of sanitation and hygiene in the food preparation areas in all three facilities were poor. It was also established that there were poor storage practices.”

“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 added.

The FDA in May 2022 closed down the East Legon branch of Marwako Fast Foods following allegations of suspected food poisoning.

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The move was to help the FDA to investigate complaints from customers.

Some customers who patronised the place complained of getting food poisoning after eating food from the East Legon branch of the restaurant.

After the complaints, Marwako explained that it countered 53 customers and decided to absorb their medical bills while the restaurant cooperates with the FDA to investigate the issue.

Below is a copy of the FDA statement:

The Food and Drugs Authority wishes to update the public on the ongoing investigations into the suspected food poisoning incident at the East Legon branch of Marwako Fast Food Limited.

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.

Samples collected from the Abelenkpe and La branches were also found to be heavily contaminated.

The levels of sanitation and hygiene in the food preparation areas in all three facilities were poor.

It was also established that there were poor storage practices.

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.

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 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.

We wish to assure the public that we will continue to closely monitor all activities at Marwako Fast Foods Limited to ensure compliance to the FDA’s directives and applicable regulatory requirements.

Catering services at the facilities remain suspended.

The public would be updated on any subsequent developments.

Chief Executive Officer
Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana

Fred Dzakpata

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