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Ban On Alcohol in sachets and pet bottles, 48 other items in Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria has implemented a ban on the manufacture of alcohol in sachets and PET bottles smaller than 200ml, among other items. The announcement came from Kazeem Adeniran, NAFDAC’s Assistant Chief Regulation Officer for Investigation and Enforcement, during a two-day enforcement operation in Ota, Ogun State.

This prohibition is in accordance with the decisions made by a committee formed in 2018 under the auspices of the federal health ministry, which mandated that distilleries, represented by the Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN), halt the production of such alcohol containers by January 31, 2024.

Adeniran pointed out that the committee included members from NAFDAC, DIBAN, and other relevant parties. Despite the 2018 agreement, these entities were discovered to still be manufacturing alcohol in volumes smaller than 200ml during the recent enforcement, a violation of the agreed-upon deadline.

He stressed that the agreement specifically required the discontinuation of such small-sized alcohol packaging by 2024, directing a transition towards producing alcohol in larger volumes over 200ml. Consequently, NAFDAC is actively ensuring that alcohol in sachets and PET bottles smaller than 200ml are eradicated from the Nigerian marketplace.

Additionally, Adeniran warned that any products found breaching this regulation during the enforcement operation would be destroyed, underscoring the agency's commitment to eradicating the availability of such alcohol packaging from the market.

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