NAFDAC Bans Alcohol In Sachets, PET Bottles

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has stopped the registration of alcohol in sachets, small volumes and glass bottles below 200ml amid other stringent regulatory measures.

Dr Mojisola Adeyeye, DG NAFDAC
Dr Mojisola Adeyeye, DG

This came as the agency reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of stringent regulations against alcohol abuse nationwide.

In a statement Monday, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, explained that the development was part of the agency’s decisive move to reduce availability and curb abuse of alcohol in the country.

Adeyeye insisted that the registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume PET and glass bottles above 30 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume) has been banned, following the recommendation of a high powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health and on one hand, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, and Industry represented by Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers, AFBTE, Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) in December 2018.

Adeyeye said the agency will ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category will not exceed the year 2024.

“The Director-General explained that manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports, which were already submitted to for registration before this decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to stipulated standards free of charge,” the statement said.

She said DIBAN was also given a marching order to embark on intensive nationwide sensitisation campaigns against underage consumption of alcohol by adolescents below the age of 18 years in the bid to stem the tide of alcohol abuse in the country.

She explained that the Producers of Alcohol in Sachets and Small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31st 2020 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.

“Even as we grapple with the containment of pandemic, is resolutely committed to the strict implementation of the regulations and regulatory measures towards safeguarding the Health of Nigerians particularly the vulnerable youths against the dangers of reckless consumption of Alcohol, Prof. Adeyeye reiterated,” the statement also said.

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