Food & Health

BREAKING: NAFDAC Bans Sachet Alcoholic Gin

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National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has announced the ban on alcoholic beverages packaged in sachets and pet bottles less than 200ml.

The ban was announced through the federal government regulating agency while disclosing that the five-year window given to the manufacturers which started in 2019 and ended on January 1, 2024.

The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency had commenced the enforcement of the ban on February 1, 2024.

Speaking on the development in Abuja, Adeyeye noted that the ban was not a sudden development but a result of a multilateral Committee that agreed that the ban would be in phases whereby production would be reduced by 50 per cent by 2020 while outright ban would be on January 31, 2024.

According to her, the agency took the route of wiping out the drinks in sachets because of the negative effects on underage children.

She said because the drinks come in pocket-friendly sizes, accessible and affordable, children easily fell for the packages only to face the consequences in the future.

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