Climate Change & Energy
FDA closes down East Legon Mawarko over suspected food poisoning
Source: ghenvironment.com - May 12, 2022
Following some outcry online, the Food and Drugs Authority has shut down the East Legon Branch of fast-food eatery Marwarko Restaurant following complaints of suspected food poisoning.
The FDA, in a statement online, also said it has “together with other relevant agencies, started investigations.”
The FDA assured further that “the issue would be thoroughly investigated and appropriate actions taken. Additionally, FDA is ensuring the strict implementation of its protocols to prevent any further harm to the public.”
Checks also indicated that the Abelemkpe branch of the eatery has also been closed.
Marwako had been trending on Twitter after some users complained of falling ill after eating there.
The complaints were sparked by one Edward Elohim, who posted about his illness after eating at Mawarko last Saturday.
The Public Relations Officer for Mawarko, Amin Lamptey said data from the company shows that 53 persons have been affected so far and Mawarko is assisting with the medical bills of such persons.
The management of Marwako Fast Food Limited says it has settled the medical bills of some of its customers who suffered from food poisoning after eating from one of its branches.
This was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer of the restaurant, Amin Lamptey.
In an interview with the media after the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) closed down the East Legon and Abelenkpe branches on Thursday, Mr. Lamptey apologised to the victims and the general public.
He assured that the Management will continue to ensure affected customers are treated of their ailments.
“We visited some of our customers at the hospital and those who were discharged, we visited them at home. We assisted some of them with their hospital bills.
“The main thing started on Saturday and Sunday evening. We have accepted everything, and we have apologised to the victims.”
Marwako, a fast-food eatery in Accra, has been trending on Twitter after several Twitter users complained of having been served with contaminated food resulting in food poisoning.
The complaints were triggered by one Edward Elohim, who posted about his illness after eating at Marwako last Saturday.
Marwako @Marwakofastfood gave me and many others in this hospital the worst food poisoning ever.
— Edward Elohim (@deezydothis) May 11, 2022
Subsequently, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) closed down the East Legon and Abelenkpe branches of the restaurant.