The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has stopped the registration of alcohol in Sachet and Small volume PET and Glass bottles below 200ml.
The agency disclosed this in a statement shared with PUNCH Healthwise by the agency’s spokesperson, Abubakar Jimoh, on Sunday.
The ban on registration of alcoholic beverages in small containers followed a PUNCH Healthwise report published earlier on Sunday.
In the report, PUNCH Healthwise detailed the negative impacts of these pocket-friendly alcoholic drinks in sachets and small bottles.
With copious data and experts’ comments, PUNCH Healthwise established the need for the government to design a national policy to guide alcohol production and consumption.
“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 reiterated.”