The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is beginning a nationwide sweep today of palm oil processing points to confiscate dye-contaminated palm oil.
The exercise comes on the back of reports that some of the palm oil sold in the markets contains Sudan IV, a cancer-causing dye.
The FDA has already seized and destroyed some of the contaminated oil at the retail level. They have also cautioned the public to stop purchasing palm oils until further notice and to take food safety more seriously.
Head of Food Safety at the FDA, Mariam Lovelace Johnson, assured on Multi TV’s PM Express Tuesday that the authority will get to the root of the problem. In order to do that, she explained, they have to confiscate the products from the root and at the national level.
When you start [confiscation] at the retail level, it’s just like dealing with branches. We want to deal with the roots and the stem and get to the bottom of the problem,” she stated.
She stopped short of revealing where the sweeps will begin but maintained they will start at dawn today.