Two out of three other branches of Marwako Restaurant have been shut down by the Food and Drugs Authority as it investigates food poisoning allegations involving the company.
The two are the Abelemkpe and Labadi branches of the fast food company.
Joseph Bernie, the Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs at the FDA, who revealed this in an interview with Citinews noted that the two other branches were in unsanitary conditions.
“We have been to two other branches and based on what we saw on the ground and part of the investigation, we had to suspend operations to those two other branches for investigations to continue. We found things that were not in line with good kitchen and storage practices.”
This follows the closure of Marwako Restaurant’s East Legon branch on Thursday, May 12, by the FDA, after Twitter users flooded social media with complaints.
They complained of food poisoning with one Edward Elohim stating that he is one of 70 patients being treated at Nyaho Clinic since he patronized Marwako’s services over the weekend.
The Authority pledged to scrutinize the matter extensively, and take the needed actions to avoid a recurrence.
Meanwhile, Amin Lamptey, the PRO of Marwako Fast Food Limited, has assured the Authority of compliance in their investigation, explaining that the company wants to get to the bottom of the problem.
Interacting with Citinews, he said: “We spoke to most of the people who were caught in this situation. Most of them, the time that they gave was from 4pm to 10:30pm. So those who bought food from 10am to 4am were not affected. The same thing happened on Sunday and the same period of time. So there are a lot of things that call for investigation.”
According to Mr Lamptey, has covered part of the medical bills of customers who were affected and have been hospitalized.
“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 apologized to the victims.”
Source: The Independent Ghana