The Food and Drugs Authority has cautioned Ghanaians on the sale of the possibly contaminated fish that washed ashore on the coast of Osu on April 2 this year that it could attract a 4-year jail term.
This comes after reports suggested that some individuals collected the dead fish to be sold on the market.
Deputy Chief Executive, Food Division at the FDA, Roderick Daddey-Adjie, told JoyNews that those who deal in fish trade should desist from such practices.
“If you are intentionally doing this thing, knowing or unknowingly and the law grabs you, you stand the possibility of conviction to a term of four years imprisonment or a fine or you get both as the judge deems fit,” he said.
Meanwhile, the fishermen around the area have been reported to have said that reports that the dead fish are already on the market are false.
The FDA has also cautioned the public to beware of what they buy and if possible, they should stay away from fish that are being sold at cheap prices.
The Authority, since the weekend’s incident, has said they have retrieved the fish from some households that nearly consumed them. It continues to keep an eye on the affected area especially the Mandela Market where they believe is a hotspot for the fish.