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19th of June, 2021. Georgetown, Guyana, South America.Last updated: June 22, 2021 at 6:53 am
The Guyana Food and Drugs Department, in defending its action to seize over 1000 bottles of original, brand name Brazilian perfumes and perfumed products from a local businessman who had paid duties on his products, quoted the following laws and regulations:
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”Source: Newsroom, and the Food and Drug Department’s Official Website
The advisory was undersigned by the Director of The Food and Drug Department, Dr. Marlan Cole.
In the same advisory, the Guyana Food and Drug Department admitted that they only targeted and seized the products of one small business owner in Guyana – out of dozens of others selling perhaps hundreds of thousands of Brazilian products with Portuguese labels in Guyana as we speak.
As we seek legal advice in the matter, we would like the Guyana Food and Drugs Department to explain the following:
- Why only one man’s products were seized when all others are allowed to sell the same or similar products with impunity across the country.
- Why the Guyana Food and Drugs Officials also seized Brazilian products that had English translation on the label from the said businessman.
- Why no warning or advisory was ever issued to Mr. Persaud prior to the seizure of the products.
- Why the Customs Department accepted import duties on these products and allowed them to pass into Guyana in the first place.
- Why thousands of other food and cosmetic products with purely Portuguese labels, imported by others, are being to allowed to pass through the customs department at Lethem, from Brazil, every week.
- Why the organ that issued the import license to Mr. Persaud did not advise him that his products need English translation on the labels.
Urgent: We are seeking legal advice on the way forward in this matter. If you are an attorney at law who would like to represent us in this case, please send us a WhatsApp message on (592) 672-9748.