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Police shut down illegal chemical factory at Odorkor

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) in conjunction with officers of the Ghana Police Service have raided a warehouse producing unapproved pesticides, insecticides and household chemicals at South Odorkor, a suburb of Accra.

The operation follows complaints by residents that activities in the warehouse were posing a health risk to the community.

It was discovered during the raid on Sunday that the manufacturers of the products including Magic Insecticide Powder, were using a fake GSA Certification mark.

Four men were arrested during the raid and the warehouse shut down for illegal manufacturing. The suspects are believed to be part of those in the illegal trade

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Most of the facilities were wooden makeshifts situated within the heart of residential enclaves where scores of children live.

Some of the manufacturing centers are located near the palace of Odorkor Chief.

Leading the raid were technical staff of GSA and its Executive Director, Prof. Alex Dodoo.

Prof. Dodoo said the operations of the manufacturers were posing serious danger to residents, nothing that there was the need for serious action in dealing with others engaged in such activities.

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Prof. Dodoo described the manufacturers as criminal syndicates. He said the chemicals are harmful and that residents of Odorkor are at risks of cancers and respiratory diseases.

GSA is the government agency responsible for developing, publishing and promoting standards.

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