Please don’t look far for what can kill you. The Fante Kenkey you buy from Mfantseman West and East Municipalities can send you to your grave.
This is because the Fante Kenkey cooked in these areas is wrapped in polyethylene films prior to cooking. The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) has determined that this exposes the Kenkey to the risk of Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates.
These chemicals leach into the kenkey because the polyethylene films with which the kenkey is wrapped were not designed for boiling temperature.
In a document signed by Dr. Stephen K. Opuni, Chief Executive, the Food and Drugs board said though the pellets used for the manufacture of the polyethylene films are food grade, these polyethylene films are meant for packaging of food under normal room temperature only and not for cooking. The FDB says it intends to embark upon the education of the general public on the dangers of cooking food wrapped in polyethylene films. It says, it will liaise with the Mfantseman West and East Municipal Assemblies to educate the kenkey processors and sellers in the catchment area on the need to use plantain leaves only in packaging kenkey.