The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control says it will put necessary measures in place to control influx of unregistered alcohol drinks in Nigerian markets.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
Efforts are being made by NAFDAC to control such products by holding back on further registration of alcohol in such packaging,’’ she said.
Adeyeye explained that this was part of her submissions at the just concluded 41st session of Codex Alimentarious Commission in Rome, Italy.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission is an intergovernmental body with over 180 members, within the framework of the Joint Food Standards Programme established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation.
It was to protect the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade and promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Alcohol is available in sachets in Nigeria and these products are dangerous to children due to ease of accessibility. Harmful use of alcohol is a major obstacle to sustainable development.
It has an impact on the health and well-being of the drinkers and their friends, family, colleagues. It can damage the social and economic fabric of the society.