National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has disclosed that it will be withdrawing packaged alcohol in sachets from the Nigerian market soon.
NAFDAC Director-General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, who spoke exclusively on the measures in place to achieve the target, noted that the decision was necessary to rid the nation of drug and alcohol abuse in society, Daily Times reported.
“There is a timeline now for sachet alcohol to be taken off the market. I have also warned the distilleries to start educating the public on the danger of alcohol before consumption,” she said.
Adeyeye stated that there was a time she visited a local distillery in the company of some NAFDAC officials and saw a well-packaged product that looked like a breakfast pack.
“I was shocked when they told me it was alcohol,” she said. She expressed concerns that children and teenagers were having access to alcohol in sachets, stressing that the agency would suspend further registration of alcohol in such packages.
Adeyeye stated that the harmful use of alcohol is a major obstacle to sustainable development, adding that it harms the health and well-being of the drinkers, their friends, family, and colleagues, and can damage the social and economic fabric of the society.
Adeyeye had announced late last year that the agency would phase out the use of sachets and pet bottles in the packaging of alcohol, to address the spate of alcohol abuse in the country.
The NAFDAC DG reiterated the commitment at the 41st session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission held last year in Rome.