NAFDAC To Phase Out Production Of Alcohol In Sachets In 2023/2024
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has disclosed that a total ban on production of alcohol drink in sachets will be implemented in 2023/2024.
The agency’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said this to newsmen on Wednesday, stressing that banning of the product would come in phases.
Adeyeye explained that alcohol drink in sachet would be phased out by 2023 ending or first week of 2024, when it would no longer exist in the society.
The DG had earlier expressed worry over the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in sachets and small volume glass and Poly-Ethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles.
Adeyeye also decried the negative effects of irresponsible alcohol consumption on public health and on the safety and the security of the public.
She noted that with the support of the Federal Ministry of Health, the concern also relates to the fact that alcohol “is also a toxic and psychoactive substance with dependence producing properties”.
According to her;
Uncontrolled access and availability of high concentration alcohol in sachet and small volume PET or glass bottles have been put forward as a factor contributing to substance and alcohol abuse in Nigeria with its negative impact on the society.
In addition, Adeyeye said the World Health Organisation (WHO) 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.
The agency’s DG said that stakeholders had already met on this to outline the negative impact of the product on the society, particularly on youths.
NAFDAC and the Federal Ministry of Heath met on this issue with the distillers association, a couple of days ago.
We let them know that they can think of business because there is nothing wrong about that.
NAFDAC and Federal Ministry of Heath also have to think about the society, we had series of meetings at the ministry.
We all agreed that we are going to carry out the ban in phases.
The director-general also said that, pending the time lapse, the distillers association were told to reduce the level of alcohol drink in sachets, and that they have agreed to do that.
Adeyeye noted that the distillers association had also been tasked to run a social responsibility campaign against underage drinking, adding that a jingle would soon be on air in this regards.
She, however, called on Nigerians to always do things that would depict the moral values enshrined in the nation’s system.