Small volume alcohol in sachets and plastic containers are on the verge of being phased out if modalities of the process is completed as hoped between the National Food and Drugs Administration Control, NAFDAC and the distilling wing of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN.
This detail was revealed to newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, by Sheriff Olagunju, director, Food Safety and Supplies of NAFDAC during a sensitisation programe in the state.
Olagunju made the disclosure as a response to the menace posed by alcohol in small packages to under underage Nigerians.
“I can assure you that NAFDAC and distillers are working at a process of phasing out the sales of alcohol drinks in small sachets and small plastic bottles.
“It has been noticed that young people, especially students in secondary schools buy these beverage and put it in their pockets for drinking later.
“Such practice is harmful,” he said.
Olagunju said that the process had to be followed in phasing out that package to protect investments in the distillery busines.
Earlier at the flag off of the agency’s sensitisation campaign, Prof Moji Christianah, DG, NAFDAC, addressed the public on nine items out of many others affecting food and drug regulations in the country.
Speaking through Mrs Abolaji Abayomi, Zonal coordinator, North Central of NAFDAC, the DG warned of the dangers of buying medicines from hawkers.
“Patients are to buy medicines from only licensed Pharmacies and Medicine Stores,” she said.
She also pointed out that abuse of Codeine and self-medication especially among youths is clear and present danger.
There were other issues touched on. These are the dangerous effects of using Kerosene tanker to load groundnut oil; dangerous practice of using potassium bromate to bake bread; use of Azo-dyes in Palm oil which causes cancer; dangers of using Sniper to preserve any type of food or to keep flies away from meat; dangers of transfat and consumption of excessive oil; use of formalin on food and its associated health hazards.
Other items mentioned include low level of exclusive Breastfeeding Practice by Lactating Mothers and its associated health hazards; dangers of wrong use of pesticides and insecticides; wrong use of chemicals and its hazardous effects and problem of antimicrobial resistance arising from animal meat.
The sensitization campaign is scheduled to hold in Eight States of the Federation.
The First Phase of the sensitization campaigns will hold in selected states across the country from August to September, 2021.