COA FS products not contaminated – Manufacturers reject FDA’s claim

Manufacturers of the COA FS drug, Centre of Awareness Global Peace Mission, have challenged claims by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) that their product is unwholesome for public consumption.

This comes days after the FDA ordered the recall of the food supplement from the market after some samples revealed E.Coli contamination.

Testing of samples of the product in Cape Coast also revealed “excessive microbial, mould and yeast contamination,” according to an FDA statement.

But the company has in a release debunked the FDA’s claims insisting that tests ran at the laboratories of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital after the assertion showed the absence of any contaminant in their products.

“In spite of our doubts of the claim, subsequently, we ran a microbial test for the identified samples with batch numbers CFA00003 and CFS00004 on our reference samples from the microbiology laboratory of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. The results of the microbial tests do not disclose contamination by Yeast, Mould and E.coli as indicated in the FDA press statement,” the release noted.

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The FDA analysis was done on samples picked from the market and the COA Herbal Centre in Wusorkrom near Cape Coast.

The Authority had earlier indicated that persons with weakened immune systems, who are targets of the COA FS, “can become seriously ill due to the ingestion of products contaminated with E.Coli.”

“Those who are in possession of the product are being directed to return the product to the manufacturer, place of purchase or any of the FDA offices across the country”, the FDA said.

Independent test

Meanwhile, the manufacturers have also indicated that it is awaiting results of further independent tests on the said batches and will make public the findings when concluded.

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The company has, however, called for calm among its customers and the general public.

“We, therefore, wish to assure our distributors, agents, clients and the general public that we will not rest on our oars until all due processes are exhausted. We, therefore, wish to assure the general public that in as much as we disagree with the FDA, we are committed to working with them as the regulator to address any concerns they may have.”

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