How NAFDAC Intercepted Fake Wines, Soft Drinks, Consumables in Aba

How NAFDAC Intercepted Fake Wines, Soft Drinks, Consumables in Aba

  • The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arrested ten people over fake wines, and drinks in Abia state
  • NAFDAC operatives intercepted counterfeit wines, soft drinks and consumables in Eziukwu Market (Cemetery Market) in Aba
  • NAFDAC Director General, Prof Moji Adeyeye, said the fake products estimated at over N750 million were destroyed and confiscated during the operation

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Aba, Abia state - The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has intercepted counterfeited wines, soft drinks and consumables in Eziukwu Market (Cemetery Market) in Aba, Abia state.

NAFDAC Director General, Professor Moji Adeyeye, said it was following an intelligent tip-off carried out after several weeks of intelligence gathering and collation of data.

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NAFDAC intercepts fake wines, soft drinks, consumables
NAFDAC arrests 10 for producing fake wines, soft drinks, consumables Photo Credit: @NafdacAgency
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Adeyeye made this known in a statement issued on Monday, December 18, via NAFDAC X page (formerly known as Twitter)@NafdacAgency

She added that ten people were arrested during the raid on the market.

According to the statement, the counterfeits are produced by mixing cheaper sources of sugar and starch besides grapes or fruit, among other harmful chemicals unsuitable for human consumption.

The NAFDAC boss said the criminal operations have been going on for a long time and they operate like a cartel threatening anyone who dares challenge them.

“Over 1500 cartons of fake and substandard products were destroyed during the operation while 300 hundred cartons were evacuated to the NAFDAC warehouse.
“The street value of the confiscated and destroyed fake products is estimated at over seven hundred and fifty million naira only. (N750,000,000). Ten people were arrested on arrival at the crime scene and will be charged to court after a thorough investigation.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that NAFDAC warned Nigerians about a killer cough syrup in Nigeria known as NATURCOLD.

Adeyeye disclosed this on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, and stated that the medicines have already claimed the lives of six children in Cameroon.

The NAFDAC DG said the cough syrup was not in the agency’s database and asked importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers to be cautious and vigilant in the supply chain.

NAFDAC explains why UK rejected 68 Nigerian foods

NAFDAC implemented measures to resolve concerns about the rejection of Nigerian foods exported abroad.

The poor quality of food goods exported from Nigeria, according to NAFDAC, has drawn a lot of criticism in global markets. Numerous culinary items have been turned down as a result of this.

Adeyeye some of the reasons why Nigerian food items are rejected in the United Kingdom are due to non-compliance with standards provided by the organisation and a lack of compliance with minimal hygienic procedures.

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