The Food and Drugs Authority has dispatched a team of investigators into the various markets to conduct investigation on the use of formalin in preserving “koobi” (dried tilapia-fish) since the attention of the general publc and experts was drawn by the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng.
The head of Animal Products and Biosafety Department of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) clarified that though it is true that formalin might be used in preserving “koobi”; however, it is not all the market women who are doing that as alleged by the minister.
According to Mr. Kofi Essel the FDA has taken caution to what the minister said and is sounding a warning to all those behind such dangerous practice to put a stop to it.
Also he said the FDA is reviewing its regulatory mechanisms and will sample all “koobi” (dried salted tilapia) across the country at the various markets to help weed out the practice and ensure healthy life for Ghanaians consumers.
Mr. Essel has also said that the FDA will also conduct an experiment to figure out the characteristics of formalin preserved “koobi” so that they can caution the public to be on the look out for such features when they are patronizing the product. He said they will also be compelled to mention the names of markets those products are found and the culprits sanctioned for endangering human life’s.
He concluded by saying that “koobi” is a delicacy and so if we preserve it well it will boost our health and generate revenue for us.
“We sometimes say we are going to koobi joint when one returns from abroad so what prevents us from making koobi a special delicacy?“. He added