Four officers of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) have been kidnapped in Sunyani, whilst embarking on an official duty to inspect local herbal distribution centers in the Municipality. The officers, according to the Public Affairs Director of the FDB, James Lartey, were locked up in a room at the premises of Dr. Boateng Herbal Center in Zongo No. 1, a suburb of Sunyani, on Wednesday 13th July, 2011, by one Akwasi Gyamfi, a shop attendant.“Our officers from the Sunyani office, whilst embarking on an official duty – inspecting a local herbal distribution center was locked in the room and the owner took the keys away. The officers had to call their head at the office, who also called the police, who went to the premises to break down the door and release those kidnapped,” noted Mr. Lartey.

He told The Chronicle in an exclusive interview that Akwasi Gyamfi has been arrested by the police and would soon be arraigned before court.

In a similar situation, four officers of the Drug Post-market Surveillance Unit (Drug Inspectorate Department) from the headquarters of the FDB in Accra incurred the wrath of another local herbal center.

Mr. Lartey noted that they were also embarking on an official post-market activity at the premises of Yafo Yafo at Ashaley Botwey, in Accra, to check on the products and their registration status, when they were assaulted by their host.

“Records at the FDB indicates that all the Yafo Yafo products had their product registration expired, and our men were at the premises of Yafo Yafo for verification. They were, however, ordered by the Director of the company to leave the premises, which they obliged.

“Whilst leaving the premises as ordered, the director started assaulting them verbally, which resulted in the exchange of words,” said Mr. Lartey.

Among the products on the records of the FDB, which had their registration expired, since October 1, 2009, include Yafo Tonic, Yafo Fever Bitters Mixture, Yafo Koo Bitters, Yafo Pioneer Capsules and Yafo Manpower Capsules.

He told The Chronicle that the case had been reported to the Police CID headquarters for action.

Mr. Lartey, therefore, appealed to the general public to be cautious against the patronage of the above mentioned herbal medicines, since their safety cannot be guaranteed, adding “anybody who patronizes these Yafo Yafo herbal medicines does so at his or her own risk.”

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