The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed 10 packaged water companies in Ondo State over non-compliance with the regulation and standards.
The Ondo State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr Benu Philip, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Akure.
Philip said the affected companies which spread across the state, had there premises sealed between January and June.
He explained that all the affected companies were operating with expired licence and producing in an unhygienic environment.
“In addition to locking the facilities, the companies will pay an administrative charge for late renewal of their registration licence and submit necessary documents for the renewal process,” he said
Philip said the licence issued is not forever, adding that renewal periods should be sustained to avoid regulatory interruption.
He advised Nigerians to always look out for the NAFDAC registration number on sachet and bottled water, batch information and date markings.
“Our mandate, specifically, is to ensure, regulate and control the manufacturing of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and chemicals, which we refer to as regulated products.
“What we do in Ondo State majorly is to engage the stakeholders to keep them abreast of our mandate, to ensure that they follow the rules.
“Most of the packaged water, popularly called “pure water”, that I know of in Ondo State since I came on board, have been operating with expired licence.
“The licence is the marketing authorisation that enables you to sell your product in the market as verified and safe for consumption.
“Once you have that number on your certificate, it shows that you have gone through the regulatory processes to ensure that you make safe products to the consuming public but it is not forever; it has a timeline,” he said.
He said the agency will continue to collaborate with other agencies to ensure its set goals and targets were achieved.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
has embarked on sensitisation of youth corps members on product registration requirements.
The state Coordinator of the agency, Mr Nasiru Mato, said this on Friday during the orientation lecture session
on product registration and standards regulations organised by the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship
Development (SAED) in Kaduna State.
Mato said the new digitised innovation referred to as NAFDAC Automated Product Administration and Monitoring System
(NAPAMS) is seemless, technology-driven, real-time enabled application for products registration online.
According to him, the process is unique, interactive, and has transparent features which allow clients to be involved at
every stage all the way from start to finish.
He added that “with NAPAMS, all the necessary prerequisite documents are submitted and vetted online, and clients can
freely monitor the status of the application so submitted anytime as long as internet connectivity is available.
“To this end, intending manufacturers of regulated products with low risk under MSMEs can register their products via NAPAMS.
“The decentralisation of registration process which means the products can be approved and registered at the zonal levels
also opens a great window of opportunity for registration within stipulated timeline.
“Product registration with NAFDAC has multiple advantages which include marketing authorisation, consumer confidence,
quality, safety, efficacy and competitiveness.
“The tool also serves as data base for registered NAFDAC regulated products for enhanced and easy retrieval of information.”
He listed other gains of the product registration with NAFDAC as backward integration, business development, self-reliance
and economic growth, “which is now just a *click* away with the deployment of NAPAMS.’’
Mato commended the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, “for her untiring efforts to make the agency
a model, as well as top notch regulatory agency.”
The youth corps members also applauded NAFDAC for the enlightenment on the rudiments and workings of the new concept.
NDLEA has arrested a suspected drug kingpin at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Lagos for allegedly behind attempts to export 40 parcels of Methamphetamine to London.
NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, stated in Abuja on Sunday that the suspect was arrested on Saturday after three weeks of painstaking investigation and tracking by NDLEA’s operatives.
He alleged that the consignment went through the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc. (NAHCO) export shed of the airport.
Babafemi stated also that the suspect was arrested at Manacola Estate, Alakuko area of Lagos three weeks after his drug consignment weighing 2.05kg was intercepted at the airport.
His freight agent was arrested on June 7.
“During interrogation, the suspect said he is from Ahiazu, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo and had lived in Dubai, for 10 years before returning to Nigeria in 2019.
“He said that after his return to Nigeria, he opened a phone accessories shop in Sango Ota, Ogun state but the business collapsed.
“He then started sending cigarettes to London and decided to conceal the illicit drug in the consignment after advice by a friend,’’ Babafemi stated.
He added that closely-related to the arrest was the seizure of another consignment of 2kg of Methamphetamine at a courier house in Owerri.
The cargo was seized on June 22 in two cylindrical cellophanes concealed in fabrics headed for Hong Kong.
“Also at the Lagos Airport, NDLEA operatives intercepted 500,000 pieces of 225mg tablets of Tramadol packed in 10 cartons and labelled `Tramaking’ imported from Karachi, Pakistan, on Emirates Airline.
“The consignment weighing 407.6kg was seized during a joint examination Customs Service and NAFDAC officials.
“On the same day, a Dubai, UAE-bound passenger, Alegbeleye Taiwo, was arrested at the Lagos Airport with 40 ampoules of pentazocine injections.
“The 21-year-old suspect claims he’s from Osun,’’ he stated.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it received safety information from the European Rapid Alert System for dangerous non food products (RAPEX) that a cosmetic product, Placentyne Hair Lotion, has been banned.The information is contained in a public alert with No. 00332022, signed by the Director-General of the agency and issued to News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday.According to the alert, the product is said to contained a mixture of preservatives Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone (MCI and MI) which are forbidden in leave-on cosmetics.The statement stated that the product is sold in a 12 ampoules x 10ml cardboard box manufactured by an Italian company, Linea Italiana di Benazzi Anna & SAS with a barcode No. 8029550000126It added that Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone (MCI and MI) are common preservatives which are found in many liquids personal care products, which have been linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity.“Both chemicals inhibit bacterial growth in cosmetic products on their own, but they are most commonly used as a mixture in products.“NAFDAC implores importers, distributors, retailers, healthcare providers and consumers to immediately stop importation, distribution, sale and use of Placentyne Hair Lotion 12ampoules x 10ml by Linea Italiana di Benazzi Anna & SAS“Members of the public in possession of the recalled lots of the product are implored to discontinue sale or use and handover stock to the nearest NAFDAC office,” it said.The statement also encouraged healthcare professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events related to the use of this product to the nearest NAFDAC office, or NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLLS FREE from all networks).It advised the public to make any report about the product via firstname.lastname@example.org or via the NAFDAC ADR e-Reporting platform available at www.nafdac.gov.ng. (
A forum organised by the FAO has urged farmers and food processors to beware of treating agricultural produce with methods that could hamper safety.In a communiqué issued at the end of a two-day workshop in Kano participants noted that food safety “is an essential path to sustainable food security.“It can be attained by establishing workable food safety control systems that conform with international food standards.The workshop focused on the importance of using coded standards and Code of Practice by farmers, processors and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).“Farmers and processors should note that not all procedures lead to the production of safe food.“We are encouraged to beware of treatments of agricultural produce with traditional or local methods that can hamper food safety,” the communiqué stated.It explained that the coded standards facilitated trade at international, inter-regional, national and local levels whilst safeguarding human and animal health.The forum stressed that there should be more synergy between regulatory agencies, the private sector and research institutes to continually make inputs into Nigerian food safety codes.It stressed also the need for continuous awareness creation in farmers, processors, and SMEs on the importance of using the codes.“Engagement of extension agents to train to farmers will help in promoting the safety codes at the grassroots,’’ the communiqué observed.The forum observed that the media has a fundamental role to play in the dissemination of the food safety codes in Nigeria.It stressed that media houses should assist on using their platforms to disseminate awareness on good food safety practices.Participants at the forum were farmers groups, food processors, manufacturers’ associations, SMEs, government agencies, media practitioners and officials of NAFDAC and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.NewsSourceCredit: NAN