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NAFDAC VOWS TO SHUT DOWN PACKAGED WATER PRODUCTION FACTORIES THAT ENDANGER HEALTH OF NIGERIANS

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has threatened to shut the factory of any packaged water producer that violates its regulatory Goods Manufacturing Practice requirements.

A statement signed by the Resident Media Consultant Mr. Sayo Akintola, revealed that the NAFDAC DG, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, gave the warning while speaking at a virtual stakeholders meeting with packaged water producers in Nigeria.

Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, stated that the over 16,000 registered packaged water producers in the country must comply with its Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines or risk serious sanction.

She expressed concerns that many of the over 16,000 registered producers of packaged water across the country tend to lower standards after procuring registration approval.

Speaking at the meeting, Professor Adeyeye appealed to the 412 water producers present, to always ensure compliance with the agency’s regulations at all times.

The NAFDAC boss said that many of the packaged water products in the market are produced under despicable conditions, which inevitably puts the health of Nigerians at risk.

Professor Adeyeye insisted that packaged water must meet the requirements of NAFDAC and provisions of the Nigerian industrial standards for packaged water, noting that the agency would intensify its routine monitoring to ensure consistent compliance on Goods Manufacturing Practice and apply appropriate sanctions on defaulters where necessary.

Professor Adeyeye who disclosed that the Agency will henceforth conduct trainings for the stakeholders four times a year, further warned that evidence of participation in at least one training will be among the pre-requisites for renewal of product license renewal of product registration.

Both National presidents of the Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) Mrs. Tina Ativie and Water Producers Association of Nigeria (WAPAN) Mr. Egberi Odiri Mackson commended NAFDAC for the initiative.

They both explained the various steps their respective associations have taken in areas of enlightenment, education, and self-monitoring of their members.

Both presidents, however, expressed the desire of their associations to cooperate and collaborate with NAFDAC to ensure sanity in the packaged water sector.

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