Ghana has banned bleaching creams in the country. This was made public by the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mrs Mimi Darko on Wednesday while appearing before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Darko revealed that the ban commenced since last year as it also stopped registering body creams with bleaching agents.
Adom News reported that while answering questions posed by the Chairman of the PAC, Mr James Avedzi, on what the FDA was doing about bleaching creams, Mrs Darko said the FDA was currently engaging in sensitisation programmes to educate market women and other groups on the negative effects of bleaching.
The committee commended the FDA for its performance so far and urged it to do more to protect consumers in the country. It emerged during the committee’s sitting that an amount of GH¢61,448.00 was paid to a former staff of the Pharmacy Council while she was on study leave for three years.