NAFDAC seals firm, others for environmental contraventions
The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed off a Fan Milk outfit in Alaba Suru, along Apapa Road, Lagos State, for environmental contravention as offensive odour was felt around the firm.
The outfit was sealed when the agency raided the popular Oke-Arin Market, Balogun and Alaba Suru, Apapa, where fake liquor were being bottled and registered brands counterfeited.
Commenting on the operation, Assistant Director, Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, NAFDAC, Lagos, Mr. Uche Chidi Uzoma, said the raid was as a result of tip-off about some local production, where adulteration of wine and spirits was going on.
Apart from the fake liquor, counterfeited packaging materials such as empty bottles, funnels, filtering clothes, corks of registered brands among others, were discovered in the raid.
According to him, the raid was part of a global exercise occurring simultaneously in all nations of the world called Operation Olson VI and was jointly conducted by Europol, Interpol and other law enforcement agencies including the customs, police, and the military, aimed at dislodging criminal network of food and drink products counterfeiters.
On the Fan Milk outlet, he said: “We visited the particular premises and discovered one or two items not having the expected labelling information that it is supposed to bear like date markings, no batch number, no manufacturing date, and no expiry date. In such a situation, you cannot ascertain the quality, safety and efficacy of such product and unsuspecting consumers are being deceived into taking such product. We also saw that the environment was unhealthy,” he said.
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