The National Security Ministry has passed on intelligence about a dangerous Chinese tea on the market to the Health Ministry for action.
‘Achoura’ green tea, which is said to be popular in parts of the Northern parts of Ghana and Zongo communities of the country is said to be laced with pesticide residue.
In a 12th March, 2021 letter to the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, asked that the product be removed totally from the market.
According to the letter, the dangerous ingredient of the of Achoura green tea had first been detected by the Chamber of Commerce of Burkina Faso which had subsequently recommended its removal from the Burkinabe market.
“It was gathered that the product which is packaged in yellow and red colors has also been sighted in the Sahelian region and some West African countries including the Northern parts of Ghana and some Zongo communities.
“Given the adverse health implications of the product, your outfit may take urgent steps to prevent widespread circulation of the product,” the letter from Kan Dapaah said.
The product’s existence on the market in Ghana raises questions about the vigilance of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA).
These institutions are mandated to vet all such products coming into the market through laboratory analyses before they are passed were found to be wholesome.
Meanwhile, the frequency of Chinese products laced with downright poisons making it into African markets have been a source of worry for many.
In the past, there have been concerns about plastic rice, aphrodisiacs laced with poisons and chicken products heavily doused in harmful chemicals.
The trend has fed into allegations from Western countries such as the US that China has an agenda to de-populate Africa so the continent can be taken over in the future. According to this claim, China’s ever-exploding population will make it impossible for the land to hold all its citizens by 2050.
Speculators point to the fact that Chinese are entrapping African countries with huge loans and at the same time buying swathes of land in countries on the continent.
These, together with the deliberate poisoning of Africans through cheaply priced consumables, allegedly, are all preparations towards a future capture of the continent.