Marwako Fast Food’s public relations manager has dismissed the findings of the Food and Drugs Authority’s (FDA) investigation into the recent incidence of food poisoning at its East Legon branch.
The FDA, in a statement on Monday, said it found poor sanitation, poor storage and microbial infestation as causes of food poisoning.
However, the restaurant’s public relations manager, Mohammed Amin Lamptey in an interview with JoyNews noted that the company may need an independent investigation into the FDA’s actions.
“We can even say that we would disagree with the FDA for all intents and purposes. We may need an independent investigation into what they have also done and as I said earlier when it comes to catering anyone who understands this business knows there is certain items or ingredients that when you use them in one day, you can’t use them the next day,” he said.
Mr Lamptey thinks the FDA action is “like something that was done to totally damage the brand of Marwako Fast Food”.
In a statement released Monday, June 13, the FDA explained that based on its findings, the restaurant failed to observe proper sanitation practices, resulting in widespread food poisoning, reported by affected customers.
“Analysis of food samples, certain juice drinks and exchanges taken from the environment at the East Legon branch of Mawarko Fast Food Limited indicate that there was a high microbial load (agents pathogens) that may be related to the reported foodborne illness.
Samples taken from Abelenkpe and La branches were also found to be contaminated. Sanitation and hygiene levels in food preparation areas at all three establishments were poor,” the statement read.
The FDA statement continued, “It was also determined that there were poor storage practices. Freezer and refrigerator temperatures were well above acceptable ranges. Handling practices for ingredients used in cooking, cooked and ready-to-eat foods were also very poor.”
On May 12, 2022, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) closed the East Legon branch of the Marwako Restaurant, following numerous reports of food poisoning on social media.
In a tweet, the FDA said the decision to close the restaurant was to allow the Authority to investigate customer complaints.
“The FDA is aware of public complaints regarding suspected food poisoning at the East Legon branch of the Marwarko restaurant.
“We have closed the restaurant and, along with other relevant agencies, have opened investigations,” the tweet read.
The FDA has taken note of public complaints about suspected food poisoning at the East Legon branch of the Marwarko restaurant. We closed the restaurant and, together with other relevant agencies, launched investigations.
— FDAGhana (@fdaghana) May 12, 2022