Food and Drug Department Director refutes Superfood boss’ claims

first_img– alleges forged signature, corruption by businessmanThe threat of legal action made by local businessman Rafik Ahmad of Superfood Inc against the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GAF&D), may very well be a lost cause, as the organiastion on Tuesday refuted the claims made by the Ruimveldt, Greater Georgetown businessman.Government Analyst Food and Drug Department Director, Marlon ColeGAF&D Director Marlon Cole on Tuesday gave the organsiation’s side of the matter, which he said is currently before the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).The claims made by the businessman through his lawyer Anil Nandlall is that the Food and Drug Department has been preventing him from uplifting a container of tinned milk which came into the country several months ago.According to Ahmad, this is the first time something like this has happened, and he has ordered through his lawyer that the items, which will reach expiry date in less than four months, be released.But Cole speaking to Guyana Times said since the arrival of the item in December 2015, Customs for the entry reached his office in early February this year. He said a number of discrepancies were found, including the recognition of his forged signature.It was also found that while Ahmad had recorded the item in the container as powdered milk, it was in fact a sweetened condensed milk.“My forged signature was used to clear the confinement and at the time it was recorded full cream milk, which is [Value Added Tax] VAT exempted from tax, imported by Superfood Inc by Rafeek Ahmad”.He said it was Customs that recognised the unusual signature and alerted the Department.“When we looked at the signature, we recognised that it was unusual. We then sent for the document at Customs; however, before the Department received it, it was intercepted by a staff. It was then realised that the staff may have been in collusion with the Customs broker and the importer,” Cole told Guyana Times.He said the Police was called in, the staff was placed on bail, the importer was charged and the matter is currently before the court.According to the Director, the Department was seeking to gain access to the full cream milk, because there were reports of substandard milk being imported by Ahmad.“We had wanted to retrieve a sample of the milk, but when we got to the container, it was not a container of full cream milk, but of Moee condensed milk. We then wrote the Customs Department on March 29. Since the February 8, we trying to get to examine the container and get a sample of the milk. We were only able to examine the container on March 24.”Cole further related that the importer was supposed to be charged by the Guyana Revenue Authority for false declaration, but he couldn’t say why Ahmad has not yet been charged.He said when it was realized that the contents of the container were condensed milk, it was stamped “entry refused” in March. “We found that it is milk filled with vegetable fat and is being sold as regular standardised milk. So Customs received the entry and the item was changed to condensed milk. The importer had to pay $1.5 million in duty. It was presented to the Department, and was again stamped “refused entry” because it was filled with vegetable fat instead of animal fat.”He said Customs was informed of the reason why the milk was refused entry – it bore the forged signature of the Director. Ahmad later went to the Department, demanding the document, but was informed that he could not get such. Cole added that Nandlall subsequently wrote the Separtment, stating that it has had the document for over a month and asked that it be immediately released.last_img read more

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Ministry awaiting residents’ vote to make final decision

first_imgSt Cuthbert’s Mission renamingAmid concerns from a vast section of the residents of St Cuthbert’s Mission about the proposal that was made for their village to be renamed, the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister has announced that the people will decide on the changing of the village’s name to Pakuri.Speaking during an interview earlier this week, the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock stated that the matter was a “sensitive” one and there have been consultations with persons from the community.“This is a very sensitive issue. We have been going to and fro from the community, but it is amazing to see the division on this name change. However, we would take guidance from the majority of the people,” he said.Allicock informed that the Ministry was currently awaiting feedback from the villagers, who will indicate their decision on the renaming process.“We have already given them the opportunity to make a decision, so they’re supposed to send back their results, so we’ll take it from them when we get their decision at a meeting that they’re supposed to have already completed,” he said.When asked if the decision of the people of the community would be the final one, the Minister responded, “That is the thinking.”In September of last year, the Government had expressed its plans to rename the village during the annual Heritage Village Day. At that time, it was related by then Toshao Lennox Shuman that the original name of the village was Pakuri and hence he agreed with the renaming process.The settlement is located on the left bank of the Mahaica River and was first set up by Joseph Ferguson in the late 1800s. Ferguson went on to become the first chief of the settlement, which was named Pakuri after a species of Platonia tree which was abundant throughout the area. However, when the first Anglican missionaries arrived and founded a mission on St Cuthbert’s Day in 1889, the village was renamed.last_img read more

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GOSSIP: Arsenal plot bid for Monaco starlet, Bayern want Lukaku, Hart to United?

first_imgHere are all the top transfer-related stories and football headlines in Tuesday’s newspapers…Arsenal are among a number of top clubs circling Monaco’s teenage star striker Kylian Mbappe this summer. (Daily Mirror)Gunners manager  Arsene Wenger has been spotted in Nice with chief executive Ivan Gazidis, amid reports the north London club are preparing a club record move for the 18-year-old. (Various)However, it is also claimed Real Madrid have offered £118million for the France international. (The Sun)Bayern Munich have joined the race to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, and are expected to battle it out with Chelsea and Manchester United to sign the Belgian this summer. (Manchester Evening News)The Toffees will make a move to sign Leicester City star Jamie Vardy if Lukaku leaves Goodison Park. (Daily Express)Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen has said it would be difficult to turn down a move to Barcelona. (Various)Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart could emerge as a target for crosstown rivals Manchester United if they lose David De Gea. (Daily Mail)Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is the subject of interest from Barcelona, who are ready to offer £45million. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have not given up hope of signing the Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci this summer. (The Sun)Arsenal and Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette has admitted a Premier League move would be “an interesting option”. (Daily Mirror)Newcastle are close to signing Sporting Lisbon duo and top summer targets Ruben Semedo and Marvin Zeegelaar. (Daily Star)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines and transfer stories: Zinedine Zidane has been ‘nearly perfect’ former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon tells talkSPORT‘It’s a lack of ambition’ – Ray Wilkins hits out at Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico MadridArsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United must pay Inter Milan world record £96million to buy target Mauro IcardiManchester United transfer BLOW! Paris Saint-Germain make contact over summer deal for Monaco star FabinhoDONE DEAL? Schalke defender Dennis Aogo to join Watford on free transfer – ReportsTottenham transfer BOOST? Spurs target Max Meyer rejects new Schalke contractChelsea FC transfer news: Inter Milan rival Chelsea and Juventus for Fiorentina star Federico BernardeschiMile Svilar: Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels could be key to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United signing ‘new Thibaut Courtois’Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko insists he is happy at Roma amid rumours of China moveWest Ham United FC transfer news: Hammers flop Havard Nordtveit linked with return to GermanyAntoine Griezmann claims Atletico Madrid will try to sign Manchester United target Alexandre Lacazette once transfer ban is liftedlast_img read more

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