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Why NAFDAC banned alcohol sale in sachets, small bottles

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned the production of alcohol in sachets, small volume PET and glass bottles below 200 millilitres.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of the agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, in a statement issued by the agency on Monday.

Revealing why it is taking such action, NAFDAC noted that it is following the recommendation of a committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC and Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Industry in December 2018.

Other members of the committee are the Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN).

The NAFDAC-DG while announcing the ban of the registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume PET and glass bottles above 30 per cent Alcohol by Volume (ABV) explained that the agency will ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.

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She noted that manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before the decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to stipulated standards free of charge.

Adeyeye said; “Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria was also given a matching order to embark on intensive nation-wide sensitization 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.

“Producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31st, 2022 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.”

“The agency is 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.”

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