NAFDAC Prohibits Registration of sachets and Small Bottles of Alcoholic Beverages

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NAFDAC Prohibits Registration of sachets and Small Bottles of Alcoholic Beverages

NAFDAC Prohibits Registration of sachets and Small Bottles of Alcoholic Beverages: The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has banned the registration of alcoholic beverages in sachets, small-capacity PET and glass bottles with a capacity of less than 200ml.

This statement was revealed on Sunday by the agency’s spokesperson agency, Abubakar Jimoh. 

The decisive move was taken in order to lower the availability of alcohol in the country and restrain its abuse.

“The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, who dropped the hint in Abuja said registration of new alcoholic drinks in Sachet and Small volume PET and Glass bottles above 30 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume) has been banned by NAFDAC following the recommendation of a high powered Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health and NAFDAC on one hand, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Industry represented by Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) in December 2018,” the statement read.

Professor Adeyeye also said NAFDAC will ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category will not exceed the year 2024.

“The Director-General explained that Manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory Laboratory reports, which were already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before this decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to stipulated standards free of charge.”

“Even as we grapple with the containment of COVID-19 pandemic, NAFDAC is resolutely 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, Prof. Adeyeye repeated.”

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