Over 2000 cases of fake branded tuna has been blocked from entering Guyana by the Government Analyst- Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) and the Customs and Trade Administration (GTA).
The tuna was being imported from China and carried the brand “BUIWICK” instead of “BRUNSWICK”. The packaging is very similar with the same colours being used.
Additionally, the exact address of the manufacturer in the country of origin was not stated.
In a statement, the Food and Drug Analyst Department noted that according to the Laws of Guyana Food and Drug Act the labelling would be considered false, misleading, and deceptive. In addition, the product’s label was found to be inadequate according to the Food and Drug Regulation.
Consumers are being advised to always take “a second look” at labels / brands and to ensure the country of origin and the exact name and address of manufacturers are stated on the label.
The Food and Drug Analyst Department has since written to the Commissioner of Customs to suspend the processing of documents of the third party agent out of the United States “that knowingly and deliberately facilitates the importation of products into Guyana that are substandard”
“This company, would have also on many occasions exported items of food to Guyana in the absence of documentation (Free Sale Certificate) in the prescribed Form from the country of Origin and this is a breach of the Food and Drug Act chapter 34:03 Section 32 (I lJ.”
The Department has also indicated that it intends to notify the regulatory agency of the People’s Republic of China on the findings and action, because official documentation with attestation was used to facilitate the shipment of falsely labelled Tuna to Guyana.
Environmental Officers and Public Health Officers are also to be notified.