Importer Fined US$25,000 for Selling Food Containing Formaldehyde

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Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh, Minster of Commerce

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has with immediate effect closed down and fined a business entity,”Diamond Food” the amount of Twenty Five Thousand United States dollars (US$25,000.00) for being in violation of the General Business Law of Liberia, according to a press conference.

Located in Sayan Town, Bushrod Island, the corporation whose main line of business is the importation of frozen food, is being charged with the prohibited sale of fish highly contaminated by preservative formaldehyde.

Results from a physio-chemical and preservative conformity test conducted by the Ministry through its National Standard Laboratory showed that the natural property of the tested sample was altered by the presence of a high and unacceptable level content of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is toxic and has been disqualified for use in food preservation since it poses danger to the health of consumers.

The ministry assures the general public that it remains committed to ensuring a fair and competitive business atmosphere and calls on business houses and the consuming public to report all of such cases to its Consumer Protection office.