Ghana high court dismisses Cosmetic Association’s case against FDA

Ghana high court dismisses Cosmetic Association’s case against FDA

A case brought against the FDA by the Cosmetics Association of Ghana (CAG) has been dismissed by the Financial and Economic Crimes Division of the Accra High Court.

The CAG had previously brought a contempt claim against the FDA regarding its January 2019 publication on cosmetic products containing mercury, steroids and hydroquinone, with Delese Mimi Darko and James Lartey cited in the application.

In the publication, the FDA stated that the ingredients were scientifically said to be debilitating and injurious to public health.

However, the court, presided over by Justice Afia Serwaa Asare-Brobbey, sided with the FDA, acquitting and discharging the CEO and Head of Communications of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), stating that the FDA had acted properly in letting the public know of injurious products.

Expressing surprise that the CAG had not moved its injunction application over 15 after it was filed, the court ruled that the FDA must not be hindered from carrying out its work and awarded costs of ¢2,000 against the CAG.

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