NAFDAC warns against use of harmful chemicals on consumable products

Much as we want all of you to remain in business, NAFDAC will not allow any individual or group of persons to endanger the lives of many Nigerians

The zonal director, Northwest of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Mrs Josephine Abbas Dayilim, has warned manufacturers and producers in Kebbi state to desist from using harmful chemicals that are capable of causing cancer to unsuspecting consumers in Kebbi and Nigeria.

The agency’s zonal chief gave the warning in Birnin Kebbi during a high level NAFDAC stakeholders’ interactive meeting. She also extended the warning to those who begin production without registrations or with expired licences.

According to her, the agency at the top level has made registration easy as part of plans by the director general to encourage more legal productions in order to discourage hidden illegal productions which is inimical to consumers’ health because their products are not registered therefore didn’t get the needed scrutiny by NAFDAC.

Abbas added that the director general has decentralised registration through the introduction of e-registrations that a manufacturer can do from his comfort zone all in efforts to ensure safe productions.

“Much as we want all of you to remain in business, NAFDAC will not allow any individual or group of persons to endanger the lives of many Nigerians, therefore every producer and/or manufacturer should not hide or run away but come forward to register his products or company”.

Earlier, the NAFDAC Kebbi State coordinator, Alhaji Muyideen Sulaiman, thanked the zonal coordinator for her visit to Kebbi also appeal to the head office to fast track the building of permanent office in Kebbi and the replacement of operational vehicle which he said is ageing.

Sulaiman who blame banditry and few industries in the state on low revenue generation said that despite that, the office generates over a million plus as revenue every month. He thanked the governor of Kebbi State, Dr. Nasir Idris for providing an atmosphere of peace for the smooth operation of the agency.

During the interactive session, a manufacturer, Mrs. Rebecca Ezrah Dikki with a company name SERMA Nigeria Limited who produces peanuts butter and snacks decried high NAFDAC registration fees saying the agency is responsible for secret and illegal productions in the state and elsewhere in the country because micro-businesses like SMEs cannot afford the registration which almost or above their entire capital.

appeal to the director general to make registrations affordable to encourage small businesses to avoid illegal productions.

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