The popular herbal food supplement, COA FS, which was recalled from the market on directives of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has been given a new approval by the Authority after manufacturers complied with corrective and preventive measures to make the product safe for consumption.
“On the 10th of September 2020, the FDA gave us market authorization to market COA FS as COA Mixture since it is no more registered as a food supplement but a herbal medicine for general well-being”, Prof. Samuel Ato Duncan, leader of the Center of Awareness Global Peace Mission, manufactures of the newly approved COA Mixture, noted in Accra during a media encounter in Accra yesterday.
He said the preventive and corrective measures that the FDA has led the manufactures to put in place has cost then over ten million Ghana Cedes (GHC10, 000, 000) but has also become a very useful investment which has lifted the standard of the company to meet internationally accepted standards.
Prof. Duncan said as part of the Corrective And Preventive Action Plan (CAPA), there was the formation of a new company, COA Research and Manufacturing Company Limited, to see to further research into the manufacturing of the product, there was a training of the company’s staff by officials from the FDA on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and then the installation of security structures to prevent possible contamination.
He also mentioned the building of new structures to facelift the old factory to international standards, the purchasing and installing of new automated equipment to reduce human contact and improve quality and the employment of technical and non-technical staff to improve quality.
Prof Duncan said even before the CAPA measures were put in place, the company has complied with a directive from the FDA to recall all products on the market.
He said the recalled products which had a market value of GHC1,680,000 were all destroyed with the help of the FDA under the supervision of the Ghana Police Service.
“I am proud to announce that this launching would not have been successful without the FDA, who have consistently been with us throughout the restricting of the factory to get it to the best of standards and to produce a good quality product; COA Mixture”, Prof. Ato Duncan noted.