NAFDAC Clarifies Ban on Alcohol In Sachet, Pet Bottles
NAFDAC has clarified it did not ban alcohol production inbottles but those contained in containers like or PET bottles less than 200ml that a child can easily conceal and drink.
Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the agency noted that the clarification is necessary given the criticismslast week’s ban on the spirit in sachets.
The ban has elicited reactions from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the House of Representatives whichtaken sides with DIBAN.
Sayo Akintola, the agency’s resident media consultant, in a statement, noted that the alcoholic content in sachets or PET bottles less than 200ml is 30 perhas 4-8 per cent alcohol.
He added that the NAFDAC was only implementing the agreement earlier reached with the Association of Food, Beverage & Tobacco Employers (AFBTE) and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) with the ban on the products.
NAFDAC had in December 2018 signed an agreement with the Health Ministry, NAFDAC and theto phase out in and PET bottles less than 200 ml by January 31, 2024.
“The agreement document is available and a five-year phase notice should be sufficient”, statedalso noted that Nigeria had also reached a consensus with other parts of the world to protect youths from consumption.
Nigeria, together with the other 192 member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) reached a historical consensus on a global strategy to reduceby adopting resolution WHA63.13 at the 63rd session of the World Health Assembly, held in Geneva in 2010.
“This agreement signed by Nigeria with other nations will protect youth by making alcohol not easily reachable andseven years before the 2018 agreement with DIBAN”, he said.