GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec 24, CMC – Guyanese authorities have refused to allow 1,700 cases of Dost sardines into the country from China.
The Government Analyst – Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) said the decision was taken after it was discovered that the product bore incorrect labeling date and some of the tins were already rusting.
Head of the GA-FDD, Marlan Cole, in a statement, said that samples of the imported product were retrieved by inspectors for examination on November 29. Each of the 1700 cases contained 48 tins of 200 grams sardine.
Cole said that upon examination, the coded information on the time revealed that the sardines were manufactured on August 1, 2014, and not on June 1, 2016, as was stated on the labels.
He said also that the tins were already rusting, while the Free Sale/Health Certificate from China FDA was inconsistent with those usually presented to his department. Additionally, the exact name and address of the manufacturer were not stated on the labels, which Cole said violates Regulation 18 of the Food and Drug Regulations.
Cole said these were only some of the reasons that influenced the Department’s decision.