TFDA impounds over 5,000 tubes of fake perfume

02Mar 2016
The Guardian
TFDA impounds over 5,000 tubes of fake perfume

THE Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has impounded an assortment of 5,350 fake perfumes worth 107m/- during its ongoing operation in Dar es Salaam.

TFDA's Director General, Hiiti Sillo (front) shows journalists a consignment of counterfeit unisex perfume christened ‘Same’.

Speaking to journalists yesterday, TFDA director general Hiiti Sillo said they also arrested the manufacturer who illegally produced the products.

He said the manufacturer was producing the perfumes at his residence in Tuangoma, Goroka Street in Temeke District.

He said during the operation, which is being conducted in collaboration with the police, they managed to arrest a woman who was identified only as Mwanaidi. Sillo said the police were tipped by good Samaritans on the presence of a factory that produces perfumes under the brand name of SAME.

Sillo said they also nabbed various equipment, chemicals and alcohol, naming them as laboratory tools such as funnels, measuring cylinders, syringes and bikers which were used during production.

According to Sillo, the seized perfumes were sold at a cosmetic shop, also not registered by the authority, located at Sinza Kwa Remmy owned by Dr Mohammed Gwao.

“We interviewed the shop owner who claimed to have imported the perfumes from Turkey via Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) on December 27, last year,” he said.

He said the fake perfumes were labelled as Turkey-made products and were being sold at 20,000/- each.

Silla added that the products were not approved by any of the quality and standards assurance bodies, including TFDA.
Sillo said the accused would be taken to court as soon as investigations were completed.