With regards to the 1,147 bottles of perfumes and perfumed Brazilian Products seized from a local businessman, Mr. Annandram Persaud of Industry Village, East Coast Demerara, Guyana, South America, this publication called the Food and Drug Department this morning, 21st of June, 2021 and spoke with the inspectorate on telephone number 222-8859.
When asked what would happen to the products in the event that Mr. Persaud cannot procure the label translations in accordance with their specifications from the manufacturer in Brazil, the inspectorate related that, in that event, the products will be kept for a period of time after which they will be “disposed of.” When asked to specify what is meant by “disposed of,” she said that the products would be dumped on a dumpsite and crushed.
When asked if the Food and Drugs Department would facilitate the return of the products to Brazil, she replied that that is a “possibility” but that she is not sure. She further commented that she did not have anything to do with the seizure of the products.
Editor’s Note: No Law in Guyana Stipulates that Cosmetics Must Be Labeled in English. The Guyana Food and Drug Department therefore had no legal grounds on which to seize these products. It was evidently an act of corruption, victimization, spite, and vindictiveness.
This publication also, after numerous futile attempts, managed to reach Mr. Marlan Cole on his direct line: 222 8860. Upon answering the phone, Mr. Cole said that he was in a meeting and could not speak at that time. When asked when would be a good time to call back, he said he could talk but briefly. Mr. Cole confirmed that the standard procedure was to hold and later dispose of the products if the “requirements” cannot be met. He mentioned that in addition to being approved by a letter from the manufacturer, the label translations would have to pass through the Guyana Consulate.
When asked if the Food and Drugs Department would facilitate the return of the products to Brazil in the event that the label translation is not facilitated by the manufacturer, Mr. Cole responded that it is possible, but he is not sure how that would be done since they had never done it before.
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