The Food Safety and Inspection Services Unit of the Department of Public Health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health during one of their routine inspection recently confiscated and destroyed 600kg worth of unwholesome food and commodities supplied to the State for consumption.
According to the Head of FSIS in the State, Mr Patrick Ingwu, the inspection is a routine activity of the department carried out to ensure dealers and suppliers of edible commodities in the State adhere to food safety regulations and thus translate to a healthy living for all. He advised that people should desist inflicting harm on the unsuspecting public all in name of making profit.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong, lauded the team for their bravery in ensuring only commodities certified healthy by the appropriate authorities are distributed in the State for consumption. Dr Asibong however assured that measures are currently being put in place to safeguard the health of the citizens and warned that perpetrators of the dastardly act will be brought to book.
Other items destroyed include groceries, condiments and toiletries which had expired since 2013 and were still displayed or kept frozen for sale.
The inspection was carried out with the help of the military and paramilitary security operatives, the Defense Security Service, NAFDAC officials, representatives of Trade Union in the State and the dump site management authorities.