Ensure good manufacturing practices – FDA

By
Nana Oye Gyimah/Victoria Agurmang, GNA

Cape Coast, Nov. 21,
GNA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has urged manufacturers of consumable
products, specifically producers of sachet and bottled drinking water, to
ensure good manufacturing practices in their line of production.

It said drinking
water was essential to human life but it could also be a source of fatal
ailments when contaminated or not produced in accordance with the standards and
specifications by the FDA.

Observations the FDA
had made indicated that while some producers ignorantly failed to meet the
regulatory requirements, others were driven by their economic gains with a
larger section fraudulently and consciously refusing to comply with the
requirements.

Mr John Odai Tettey,
the Central Regional Manager of the FDA, who gave the advice, urged the
producers to build product quality and safety into the manufacturing processes
involved, basically from raw materials acquisition through to the release of
the finished product.

“This is made
possible through the application of good manufacturing practices, which is the
documented evidence that gives a high degree of assurance that a product would
be manufactured consistently in accordance with its specifications.”

He said this at a
Good Management Practices training the FDA organised for 204 drinking water
manufacturers, representing 61 water producing firms in the Central Region on
Wednesday.

Mrs Shirley Davis
Andoh, a Senior Regulatory Officer, FDA, encouraged participants to, on a
timely basis, document their daily activities for better referencing, easy
identification of products and improved consistency.

That would also
facilitate the day to day production activities and, most importantly, gain
suppliers quality assurance as documentation was an act of due diligence.

She told the
participants to keep up with process control systems (PCS) as engineering
mechanisms to reach product objectives and outputs.

The PCS would assist
them to keep their operations running with specified goals and set more precise
limits to maximizing profit as well as put their safety first, she said.

Speaking on product
labeling, Mrs Naa Korkoi Ewudzie, a Senior Regulatory Officer, said
pre-packaged foods should not be labelled in a manner that would create a
false, misleading or deceptive impression about a product, or which was likely
to result in erroneous implications.

She called on
participants and producers in general to do well to observe the requisite
sanitary measures to prevent microorganisms from getting into contact with
their products.

She advised that
information like the name of product, batch identification, and storage must
boldly be seen on their packaged products.

GNA

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