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FDA alerts public about dangers of naphthalene product misuse

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has noted that phthalene is registered as an insecticide in Ghana, has issued a warning to the public about the appropriate use of items containing this substance.

The FDA stressed in a statement issued on Tuesday, June 4, that these drugs should only be used as directed by the manufacturer and in accordance with label instructions.

The FDA reports that the labelling of items containing phthalene that are registered in Ghana have warnings and cautions about their flammability, including the need to keep them away from children, food, water, and fire.

It has mandated particular labelling specifications, such as usage instructions and storage guidelines, for goods containing phthalene.

The authority emphasised that although properly following the usage directions will ensure safe use, misusing the medication could have negative repercussions.

To protect their health and safety, the FDA has asked the public to follow the labelling guidelines for all chemicals, including items containing phthalene.

It has said that it will work with pertinent organisations to guarantee Ghana’s continued and safe usage of phthalene products.

“In Ghana, the FDA has registered phthalene-containing products for use as insecticides. The FDA wishes to inform the public that labels on registered phthalene products in Ghana contain sufficient information on their proper use, warnings, and cautions.

“These products should not come into contact with children or food, including water, and, as a flammable material, should be kept away from fire.”