18th of June, 2021. Georgetown, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: June 22, 2021 at 6:50 am
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At around 3 PM on the 16th of June, 2021, four officials from the Food and Drug Department: Carol Edwards, Triston Jones, Jennel Rodney, and Suzanna Atkins, along with a driver, arrived at the home of small business owner, Mr. Annandram Persaud, and requested to have access to his merchandise. They proceeded to seize the products on the grounds of not having English labels.
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In a poorly written and badly punctuated statement released on their Facebook Page on the 18th of June, 2021, the Guyana Food and Drugs Department betrayed the fact that, out of the dozens of persons selling perhaps hundreds of thousands of Brazilian Products with Portuguese Labels in Guyana, they only targeted and seized the products of ONE businessman. This publication interprets this as a clear act of spitefulness, ulterior motives, corruption, and vindictiveness.
Important: All import duties were paid for these products – and receipts are available. Mr. Persaud is the legal holder of a valid import license covering perfumes and cosmetics, and also has a registered business, “A Persaud Brazilian Products.”
In the Statement released on the website, the Guyana Food and Drugs Department warned importers to be sure that their imported products are labeled in English, and mentioned that they seized “1147 bottles of cosmetic from the premise of Mr Annand Rampersaud.”
Editor’s Note: They spelled the name of the businessman incorrectly. Apparently, staff of the Guyana Food and Drugs Department have problems with both reading and spelling.
Full statement by the Guyana Food and Drug Department copied from their Facebook Page:
The Government Analyst – Food and Drugs Department (GA-FDD) wishes to advise the general public particularly importers of cosmetics to ensure that all cosmetic items duly facilitated for released by our department are labeled in the English Language.This Department had cause to seize and remove One Thousand One Hundred and Forty-Seven (1147) bottles of cosmetics from the premise of Mr Annand Rampersaud of Lot 56, Third Street, Industry Housing Scheme.These items were imported into Guyana via the Lethem border and were not processed by the department; in addition, they were presented in foreign language (Portuguese).According to the laws of Guyana Food and Drug Act Chapter 34:03 and its accompanying Regulations, Regulation 7, 18 (15) and Part V Regulations 99 states: “No person shall sell a cosmetic unless a label is applied to the cosmetic in compliance with these Regulations”Importers are therefore being urged to ensure their products are in compliance with the laws of Guyana Food and Drug Act and its Regulation for labelling of food, drugs, cosmetics and medical devices are in ENGLISH.Source: guyana food and drugs department’s website.