“Ban on celebrity endorsement of alcohol has maintained sanity on our screens” – Chief Regulatory Officer, FDA

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The FDA, in 2020, prohibited celebrities from advertising or endorsing alcoholic beverages. Some celebrities kicked against the move but the ban was maintained.

The ban according to the Chief Regulatory Officer, Food Industrial Support Service Department of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mr. Kofi Essel, has brought sanity into the country’s advertising space.

According to FDA, the ban has contributed to the reduction in the exposure of the country’s youth to alcohol.

Speaking in an interview with Nana Romeo on Accra FM’s Ayekoo Ayeeko show on Tuesday, 9 March 2021, he said:

“It has cut down the exposure of our youth to alcoholic beverages and messages that were associated with it [alcoholic beverages] made it look like these persons [celebrities] themselves are regular users of it, is exposed. It was pure marketing”.

“It does not give a guarantee that they are users of the product.”

He added: “Particularly, it’s brought sanity into the advertising arena. There were too many things going on.”

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