NAFDAC Mops Up Ban Imported Fruits In The Market

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON, Kaduna

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration, NAFDAC on Friday commenced mopping up of the banned of foreign fruit juices in Kaduna markets.

Natim Mullah- Dadi, the State Coordinator of the agency said the exercise was a mop up activities on the federal government import prohibition list with emphasis on super markets and the state central market.
Dadi said the essence of the mop was to safeguard health of the general public and ensure healthy environment because the products are unregistered and are used by residents.
“There is an import prohibition list that bans the importation of fruit in retail pack into the country and Kaduna State is inclusive.
“All fruit juices in retail pack are banned and people should avoid buying them because when you engage in selling such products, they are not made in the country and people do not have adequate knowledge about what the product is all about.
“All juices in retail packs must be done away with in all super markets and central markets so that we can save lives.
“We are mopping out all the foreign  fruit juice  in the markets so as to encourage our manufacturers here in the country and to also create job for our youths”.
He said all products that are banned  cannot be sold in the country because they do not have the Agency registration number.
He advised the general public to always check manufacturing and expiration dates and NAFDAC registration number of product before consumption.
“We have always communicated to the sellers that before they sell product, make sure they have NAFDAC registration number and also the buyers must do same”.
Dadi added that with the activities, the agency will continue to sensitise the sellers of such products until there is total compliance.
“We will continue the mop up exercise and use it as avenue to sensitise the sellers of these products .
“We shall also organise a re-awareness workshop for all super markets and retail owners around Kaduna state to enable them see reasons on products that are ban and product that shouldn’t be in sale”.

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