Two days after the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) cautioned the public on the consumption of alcohol in a sachet, the Federal Government has banned alcohol in polyethylene terephthalate and glass bottles.
This is contained in a statement by Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the agency on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
In a statement on Friday, September 11, 2020, the NAFDAC boss had advised Nigerians to avoid unregistered alcoholic products.
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According to NAFDAC, the Federal Ministry of Health is concerned about the high incidence of substance and alcohol abuse and its negative effects on public health.
The statement reads partly, “NAFDAC under the support of the Federal Ministry of Health, has raised concerns relating to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in sachets, small volume glass, and PET bottles.
“These concerns are in relation to how negatively the irresponsible consumption of alcohol has on public health and on the safety and security of the public.
“The World Health Organisation reports that alcohol consumption contributes to three million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people.
“NAFDAC also has the full support of the Federal Ministry of Health and has continued to exercise to do its best by making sure that all alcoholic beverages and other regulated products approved by the agency meet set standards of quality, safety, and wholesomeness.
“The Federal Ministry of Health is concerned about the high incidence of substance and alcohol abuse in the country and NAFDAC, being the competent authority and working with relevant stakeholders, is increasing efforts to stem this.
“With regard to alcohol, major stakeholders have been engaged at the highest level and are already sensitized to the issue. No new products in sachet and small volume PET or glass bottles above 30 percent ABV will be registered by NAFDAC.
It would be recalled that NAFDAC recently expressed its commitment to preventing young people and other vulnerable and high-risk groups from easy access to alcohol in the country.
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