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NAFDAC Bans Alcohol in Satchet, PET Bottles

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned the production of alcohol in a sachet, PET and glass bottles below 200 millilitres.

The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made this known on Monday in a statement released by the agency.

Adeyeye revealed that the registration of alcoholic drinks above 30 per cent Alcohol by Volume (ABV) in sachet and small volume PET and glass bottles have been banned by NAFDAC.

This decision is in line with the recommendation of a committee with members from NAFDAC, the Federal Ministry of Health, and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Industry in December 2018.

With support from the Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) and Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE).

NAFDAC Stops Registration of Alcoholic Drink

According to Adeyeye, the agency will ensure that the validity of already registered alcoholic products in the category does not exceed 2024.

Adeyeye noted that the already registered products under the affected category have been directed to reformulate their products to the required standard, as their license would not be renewed after 2024.

The statement read, “Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria was also given a matching order to embark on intensive nation-wide sensitization campaigns against underage consumption of alcohol by adolescents below the age of 18 years in the bid to stem the tide of alcohol abuse in the country.

“Producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31st, 2022 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.

”The agency is committed to the strict implementation of the regulations and regulatory measures towards safeguarding the health of Nigerians particularly the vulnerable youths against the dangers of reckless consumption of alcohol.”

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