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NAFDAC bans alcohol production in sachets and bottles less than 200ml

Boom RadioNG | February 5, 2024

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has announced the ban of the production of alcohol in sachets and pet bottles of less than 200ml by distillers.

This was announced by the Assistant Chief Regulator Officer, Investigation and Enforcement Department, NAFDAC, Lagos, Kazeem Adeniran, during a two-day enforcement exercise today in Ota, Ogun state.

He said that his call was in line with the agreement reached by a tripartite committee set up in 2018. He said that part of the agreement was that distillers, under the Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN), should stop the production of alcohol in sachets and pet bottles of less than 200ml with effect from January 31st, 2024 and that the five-year grace was given to phase out the product.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the enforcement exercise was carried out in Ota and its environs to safeguard the lives of Nigerians and some of the companies visited for enforcement were: Nigeria Distilleries Limited, International Distillers Limited, Danzchiji Global Nigeria Enterprises, and Euro Global Foods and Distilleries Limited, among others.

Federal Ministry of Health had set up the committee in 2018, of which NAFDAC and DIBAN were members, with other stakeholders to curb abuse of alcohol, especially among the youth but with regret, Mr. Adeniran said what the investigation and enforcement team saw was different from what was agreed upon. He admonished them against flouting the agreement reached by the tripartite committee in 2018.

Adeniran said that all the products placed on hold in each of the companies visited would be evacuated, forfeited, and destroyed. He reiterated NAFDAC’s commitment to ensuring that goods being made available to Nigerians were safe for consumption.

 

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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