The consuming public has been cautioned against “buy-one-get-one-free” enticement adverts in the Yuletide.
Gordon Akurugu, Volta Regional Director of Food and Drug Authority (FDA) who gave the caution said the alarming adverts usually failed to satisfy standards and quality measurement and alteration of expiry dates to deceive unsuspecting consumers and urged them not to fall to the fraudulent schemes.
Mr Akurugu, who made this known at the 2020 FDA Carol Service disclosed that consumers needed to consciously patronise products from accredited outlets for safe foods and drugs to avoid buying substandard goods with public health issues and complications.
“Buy your goods including foods and drugs from approved joints and be careful about buy-one-get-one-free marketing syndrome.”
He said FDA was pursuing a regulatory paradigm shift by taking the Authority closer to its clientele.
The Regional Director said FDA also programmed what it calls” Progressive Licensing Scheme,” which aimed at targeting consumers to purchase goods and services registered “Made in Ghana” products found on all shopping shelves and retail shops.
He said despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic the Authority performed creditably and was optimistic 2021 would come with greater opportunities for FDA and thanked staff for their support.
Reverend Fr Kizito Xordzise, Catholic Priest, who presided over the Service urged Christians to extend a hand of gifts to the disadvantaged and poor in society as Christians mark the birth of Jesus, the Christ.
He asked that the love and humility of Christ must reflect in all human endeavours.