Ghana’s food and beverage regulatory body, Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has dispelled rumours that products that expire are still useful within a grace period.
According to the FDA, products that expire are not useful and have no grace period for final expiration.
Every product expires on the day the manufacturer indicates on the package, Ms Jemima Offei Agyepong, Senior Regulatory Officer and a Cosmetic Scientist at the Food and Drugs Authority warned in an interview with Nana Romeo on Accra100.5FM’s mid-morning show Ayekoo Ayekoo on Thursday, 28 October 2021, adding that there is no grace period for final expiration.
“Every product expires on the day the manufacturer indicated on the product”, she stressed.
The woman who also works in the Cosmetics and Household Chemical Substances Department of the FDA took the opportunity to caution the public against buying products that have expired.
She explained that every product comes with manufacturing date and expiry dates, noting that products that do not come with such details are not approved by the FDA.
“As we get nearer to the yuletide, people will be seen selling products nearing expiration through ‘buy one-get one free’ bonanzas”, she cautioned.