NAFDAC Enforces Ban on Small Packaged Alcoholic Beverages to Protect Public Health

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Professor Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the agency reaffirmed its commitment to enforcing the ban on the production, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages in sachets and small volume PET and Glass bottles below 200ml. The decision to implement this ban stemmed from recommendations made by a committee comprising representatives from various governmental bodies and industry stakeholders in December 2018.

NAFDAC’s directive mandated producers to reduce production by 5% starting from January 31, 2022, with a complete phase-out of these products by January 31, 2024. The agency also ensured that the renewal of existing product registrations in this category would not extend beyond 2024.

Professor Adeyeye highlighted the significant risks associated with the consumption of small-packaged alcoholic beverages, particularly among underage individuals and commercial drivers. Citing data from the World Health Organization (WHO), she emphasized the adverse effects of alcohol consumption on health, education, and social behavior.

To address these concerns, NAFDAC adopted evidence-based strategies recommended by WHO, including regulating marketing practices and restricting alcohol availability. The agency’s mandate, established by Nigerian law, encompasses the regulation of food, drugs, cosmetics, and other regulated products to safeguard public health.

During enforcement activities initiated on February 1, 2024, NAFDAC targeted manufacturers and packaging suppliers involved in the production and distribution of banned alcoholic beverages. Surprisingly, some entities were found to be in violation of the ban, continuing production and stockpiling banned products and materials. Professor Adeyeye condemned such actions as blatant disregard for Nigerian laws and warned of potential legal consequences, including prosecution.

In response to these violations, NAFDAC urged holders of banned alcoholic beverages and associated packaging materials to surrender them to the agency’s Investigation and Enforcement Directorate to prevent further sanctions, including prosecution.

The press conference underscored NAFDAC’s unwavering commitment to upholding regulatory standards and protecting the health of Nigerians, especially vulnerable populations, from the harmful effects of alcohol consumption. By rigorously enforcing the ban on small-packaged alcoholic beverages, NAFDAC aims to promote public safety and well-being across the nation.

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