On display are the fake Borges Olive Oil and empty cans for the package of Toppey Gona & Toppey Kooko Capsules.

At a time when some traditional herbalists are researching to  find antidotes to the ever increasing diseases unfolding in the Ghanaian society, others too are on a daily basis enriching themselves through the sale of phony products to unsuspecting consumers. An imposter, one Daniel Taku, is now in the grips of the police for selling fake Borges Olive Oil and two herbal products – Toppey Kooko capsules (indicated for the treatment of piles and waist pains) and Toppey Gona capsules (for the treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases).Mr. Taku was arrested on Thursday, August 18, 2011, through the collaborative effort of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) Takoradi Zonal Office, and the Takoradi Police in one of their surprise swoops on the market.

Both herbal products are capsules that have been nicely packaged to outwit the intelligence of consumers who may want to try the products for its efficacy.

However, the capsules, upon thorough examination, were suspected to contain sand and saw dust mixed together.

The labels of the products have a location address of Dansoman, Accra, and a telephone number of Takoradi.

None of the aforementioned products, according to officials of the FDB, are on their registered list of products.

According to police source, Daniel Taku, upon interrogation, admitted selling the counterfeit products on the market, with his supply coming from Accra.

The unregistered Toppey products, he noted, belonged to his brother, Stephen Oppeh, who he lives with in the same apartment.

Stephen Oppey and the supplier of the counterfeit Borges, whose name was immediately not known, have also been arrested.

The three have since been remanded in police custody, and will appear before court on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, according to police source.

The FDB, when contacted, noted that there was no content on the aforementioned products that clearly indicated that they could be used to treat any disease.

Head of Communications of the FDB James Y. Lartey, therefore, advised consumers not to patronise the aforementioned products, since consumption would lead to stomach ulcer and other diseases in the gastrointestinal tract.

“Whereas we all acknowledge medicinal values in plants, there are a lot of charlatan herbalists in the country, who, for want of money, will produce anything, and will mislead the public to believe that they are herbal products.

People who consume these unwholesome herbal products end up having medical complications like kidney and liver problems,” he noted.

He told The Chronicle that charlatans in the Ghanaian society were making the work of genuine herbalists difficult, since the public could hardly distinguish between genuine and fake products.

He added: “If these acts continue, the public could eventually lose trust and confidence in genuine herbal products.”

Frequent swoops by the FDB on the markets have led to the arrest of imposters like Nicholas Antwi who mixed Gentamycin, Steptomycin and Sulphathiazole for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, as well as Onyame Nti Herbal, who was also mixing B Complex, Diazepam and Dexamethasone as a herbal concoction, and lot more, whose herbal products were contaminated with yeast and moulds.

Pix: (top) On display are the fake Borges Oil and empty cans for the package of Toppey Gona Capules.


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