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Five Apprehended for Importing Substandard Baby Diapers

Five individuals, including importers and wholesalers, have been apprehended for their involvement in the importation and distribution of substandard baby diapers.

This move comes as part of efforts to crack down on the sale of unhygienic baby diapers, also known as bale diapers, in the country.

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) recently issued a warning to manufacturers, importers, and distributors of baby diapers, urging them to adhere to FDA guidelines for the registration of medical devices and the GRA’s GS1166, 2017 specifications for single-use disposable diapers.

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Importing bale diapers was highlighted as a violation of these regulations.

In response to the FDA’s warning, the authority has already disposed of several 40-footer containers of bale diapers that were seized at its recycling plant in Ashaiman.

Vigil Edward Prah-Ashun, Head of the FDA’s Enforcement Directorate, emphasized the health risks posed by these substandard diapers, including infection and infertility issues in babies.

Prah-Ashun urged consumers to opt for branded diapers and avoid using substandard bale diapers.

He emphasized that these substandard products could lead to serious health problems such as cancer testis, asthma, and chronic skin diseases.

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The new guidelines also require importers to ensure that the bales are well-packaged and properly sealed to prevent contamination from exposure to the weather.

Prah-Ashun reiterated the FDA’s commitment to taking regulatory action against those who continue to import substandard diapers into the country.

He warned that more arrests and regulatory actions are imminent as the FDA continues its efforts to remove substandard diapers from the market.

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