Bel-Aqua fights off attempted blackmail

Management of BlowChem Industries Limited, producer of Bel-Aqua Mineral Water, have urged its customers to disregard alleged videos and photos making rounds on social media about unsanitary production conditions of its products.

“We wish to urge our cherished customers and members of the general public to disregard videos, photos or publications which might allege unsanitary and unsavoury conditions in our factory premises that might be in circulation in the media,” the company said in a press release copied to the B&FT.

This comes after management called the bluff of unscrupulous individuals who attempted to blackmail the company with false videos and photos.

According to the statement: “On the 24th of August, 2018, some individuals claiming to be journalists from an Accra-based radio station threatened to tarnish the image of our company by circulating doctored videos and photos of our premises if they were not paid a substantial amount of money.

“We are encouraging members of the general public to ignore those videos and treat them with the contempt they deserve, as they are merely the handiwork of criminals who wish to tarnish our hard-earned reputation after we refused to satisfy their unscrupulous demands,” the statement further read.

As a law-abiding company, it said, it discourages the pervasion of such extortive behaviour and will not pay any monies to individuals, or what it described as ‘petty criminals’.

“Management of BlowChem Industries Limited also wish to emphasise our commitment to adhering to the strictest hygiene standards as we have been known to do over the years, and will not compromise on the high quality of our premium drinking water, Bel-Aqua. Our premises and production processes are duly subjected to the licencing standards of the Food Drugs Authority, the Tema Development Cooperation as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Our doors remain open to professional media practitioners, our cherished customers, as well as members of the general public who would wish to visit our factory to observe prevailing environmental conditions and production processes,” the stated added.