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TFDA seizes 1.5 tonnes of counterfeit goods

11th February 2013
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TFDA northern zone manager, Damas Matiko

The Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA) has impounded 1.5 tonnes of counterfeit food items worth 7m/-.

The impounded goods were found in the wholesale and retail shops across the Arusha City.

TFDA northern zone manager, Damas Matiko said the operation was held over the weekend and succeeded because of the involvement of police force.

The assorted fake items included cooking oil, toothpaste, wheat flour, maize flour, packed chips, milk and canned milk, which all together were ferried to the Murieti Dampsite for destruction.

Matiko urged the public to be keen when they go in the market outlets and they should take time to read expirely dates and when they discover they should inform responsible authorities like TFDA.

Acting City Council’s medical officer, Dr Joseph Kivuyo, who took part in the exercise said: “It is very risk for people to use goods which have expired. This may lead into causing cancer, water-borne diseases and other related diseases.

Dr Kivuyo condemned the situation, calling those who are behind the barbaric business to stop from doing it.

City’s health officer, Alan Sumari, pledged to work closely with food and drugs watchdog including TFDA to address the situation. “This is just a start of the operation, we’ll not end here. Our task is to ensure that health of the public is protected at cost,” he said.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN