Mr George Penstil, Eastern Regional Director of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB), has cautioned radio stations against advertising products, that have not been certified by the Board, especially herbal concoctions.
He said anyone found advertising products that had not been approved by the FDB could be convicted to a fine of GHc 20,000, or to a two-year term of imprisonment or both.
Mr Penstil was interacting with the media in Koforidua on Thursday after the formal opening of the Koforidua Regional office of the FDB.
He appealed to media houses not to think about the monetary reward they would get from advertising uncertified products but rather about the safety of the consumer.
Mr Penstil noted that many rural dwellers took whatever they heard on radio as ‘Gospel truth’ and for that matter could easily be convinced about any advertisement on a product on the airwaves.
“Let us therefore not rush to do an advertisement on a product but make sure that the product passes through the FDB before the advert is made”, he admonished.
He indicated that the FDB law prohibited the mentioning of certain diseases on the airwaves and urged radio stations to be mindful of that law.
Mr Penstil reminded the public of the dangers of buying drugs from moving vehicles and said drugs must be bought only from reputable chemist shops. GNA