E/R: FDA raids shops with bleaching creams

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in the Eastern Region has on August 29, 2017 raided some cosmetic shops in Koforidua in the Eastern Region and have seized several creams containing hydroquinone chemicals.
The action follows a ban on both importation and sale of creams containing hydroquinone by the FDA.
But according to the storekeepers of the affected cosmetic shops in Koforidua, customers have seized buying creams containing Hydroquinone due to the ban, adding that the creams seized are old stock.
“We were just here when they entered the shop that they worked at FDA and that they are seizing creams containing Hydroquinone. They didn’t give us any notice, for the past six months, we don’t get creams containing Hydroquinone due to the ban so what we have here are old stock,” A storekeeper told Ultimate News.
Hydroquinone cream is a bleaching cosmetic used to treat age spots, freckles and other skin discoloUrisation.
Hydroquinone can be carcinogenic if used over a long period.
The directive of the FDA banning the product follows the standard set by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) on hydroquinone which required that cosmetics should be free from the harmful chemical.
Maame Konadu, an eyewitness told Ultimate News the action of the FDA officials faced resistance by the shopkeepers because they were taken aback due to communication deficiency on the part of FDA officials on the exercise.
Officials of FDA declined interview with Ultimate News when approached.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Kojo Ansah