Relocate or Stop Now, NAFDAC Warns Unhealthy Package Water Producers

By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna

The Zonal Coordinator National Agency for Food Drug Administration and
Control (NAFDAC), North West, Sabo Ibrahim has issued a stern warning to producers of  packaged water and other products that are using locations that have been frowned at by the agency to relocate or be forced to stop production.

He expressed this while declaring open an Interactive Session with the
Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) Kaduna State at the
Kabir Gymnasium, Kaduna on Thursday.

Ibrahim said that a situation whereby food products and water are
produced in areas that are unhealthy poses great risks to the public,
hence as the agency mandated with ensuring that only healthy food and
drinks are consumed.

“We have warned you and would no longer warn but act and force you to
leave such places that are unhealthy. We have advanced and as such, I
expect you to move with the times and stop producing your products in
places and manner that it was done in the past,” he said.
In his welcome remarks, the Kaduna State Coordinator NAFDAC,  Mullah
Nantim Dadi commended ATWAP for assisting the agency in tackling
illegal producers in the Kaduna State Capital.

“However, to achieve a common goal across board, this interactive meeting is organized to bring information and enlightenment to the participants while hoping to receive also guiding contributions that will help ensure that packaged water in Kaduna is safe indeed for consumption,” he said.

He said that he has no doubt that majority of the producers are genuine, sincere and committed to the production of safe drinking water, there are also careless producers, endangering the health of

“We have also seen carelessness by many in the manufacturing plants
have dropped the quality measures on ground exposing the packaged
water to several contaminants thereby impacting the final product with
poor quality and ultimately unsafe for public consumption,” he added.
Dadi  advised the general public to reject any drug, food, cosmetics,
medical device, drink or packaged water that does not have NAFDAC
registration number.
“Check for full manufacturer’s name and address  on products before
buying. Reject any product that is expired, or does not have expiry
date or whose expiry date is tampered with,” he added.
He also cautioned against patronizing hawkers, as well as consulting
healthcare professionals for medical needs, while using only medicines
prescribed by qualified doctors.
When fielding questions from newsmen, Alhaji Sani Malumfashi said that
they would cooperate with NAFDAC regulations for better delivery to
consumers to safeguard health of the public.
Over 100 participants from ATWAP attended the one-day session.


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