The herbicide was detected as part of a 100-ton consignment to Japan in July 2017. But COCOBOD, said that did not result in the rejection of that consignment.
COCOBOD said in a press statement, “The consignment in question was not returned to Ghana. It was not rejected as being alleged by the Chronicle newspaper.
Our attention has been drawn to a publication in the 24th January 2018 edition of the Chronicle newspaper headlined, ‘Japan rejects Ghana’s Cocoa’.
The publication stated that Ghana’s cocoa beans sold to Japan did not meet the Japanese Food Sanitation Law following the detection of 2, 4-D.
Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)’ management of wishes to clarify the issues raised as follows:
Since 2008, the Chocolate and Cocoa Association of Japan (CCAJ) agreed with Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) to establish protocols for testing chemical residues on cocoa for shipment to that country.
The attention of COCOBOD was drawn to a 100-ton consignment to Japan in which 2, 4-D was detected in July, 2017.
2, 4-D which is a herbicide was not part of the critical chemicals being tested for, for Japanese Shipment prior to the June, 2017 encounter.
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