24th of August, 2021. Georgetown, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: August 24, 2021 at 10:29 am
After seizing over 1,100 bottles of Brazilian colognes and perfume products from a local businessman at Industry village, Region 4, Guyana, South America. the Food and Drug Department quoted “Regulation 99” to justify the seizure. Regulation 99 reads:
99. No person shall sell a cosmetic unless a label is applied to the cosmetic in compliance with these Regulations.
Regulations 100 to 111 go on to explain what are “these regulations.” However, in the entire Regulations 100 to 111, no mention is made for the need for English label translation. The reason given for the seizure of the products by the Food and Drug Department is “foreign language labels.” However, that reason is not justified in the Food and Drug Regulation which you can read here.
It is the opinion of the businessman from whom the products were seized as well as this publication and many other persons, that the seizure of these cosmetics is unjustifiable from the law and therefore unlawful. As a result, the businessman went to the Food and Drug Department and requested to purchase a copy of the Food and Drug Regulations so that he might study it himself to try to determine if he is indeed on the wrong side of the law. However, when he showed up at the Food and Department to ask to purchase of a copy of the Food and Drug Regulations, Mr. Persaud was told on two separate occasions by Carol Edwards and Triston Jones that the Regulation Document was out print and is in the process of being updated.
Editor’s Note: The Food and Drugs Regulations was last updated in 1977 and updating it again would be a long drawn-out process that needs to go through several phases of approval at parliament.
Fortunately, this publication managed to obtain a copy of the Food and Drug Regulations Document from a contact at parliament. Upon studying it carefully, it was determined that there was no justification for the seizure of the cosmetics. As such, a preaction letter was sent to the Food and Drugs Department and their response is being awaited.
We must add that we are amazed that those persons at the Food and Drugs Department would go to such lengths to withhold the Regulations document from the businessman. The businessman is the holder of an import license for cosmetics and it is therefore his legal right be able to access the Food and Drug Regulations Document at request.