FG bans alcohol in sachets, polythene

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Federal Government has said it will soon stop the high concentration of alcohol in sachet and small Polyethylene Terephthalate and glass bottles in the Nigeria.

Director-General of the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye in a statement said that the decision by the FG was drawn from the negative effects of the “irresponsible alcohol consumption on public health and on the safety and security of the public.”

“NAFDAC under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Health, once again, wishes to bring to the attention of the general public, concerns relating to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in sachets, small volume glass and PET bottles,” she said.

“Uncontrolled access and availability of high concentration alcohol in sachet and small volume PET or glass bottles has been put forward as a factor contributing to substance and alcohol abuse in Nigeria with its negative impact on the society,” she added.

Adeyeye expressed concerns by The Federal Ministry of Health on the high incidence of substance and alcohol abuse in the country, and revealed that work is being done to increase efforts to stop it, Pulse reported.

She said reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that “alcohol consumption contributes to three million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people.”

Adeyeye went on to say that “NAFDAC with full support of the Federal Ministry of Health has continued to exercise its regulatory responsibilities by ensuring that all alcoholic beverages and other regulated products approved by the agency meet set standards of quality, safety and wholesomeness.”

“With regard to alcohol, major stakeholders have been engaged at the highest level and are already sensitised to the issue. To this end, several interventions jointly agreed upon by major stakeholders are being undertaken and as a first step, no new products in sachet and small volume PET or glass bottles above 30 per cent ABV will be registered by NAFDAC,” Adeyeye said.

“Furthermore, to reduce availability and curb abuse, effective January 31 2020, producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume PET and glass bottles are to reduce production by 50 per cent of capacity prior to January 2020. The overall goal is a complete phase out of high concentration alcohol in sachets and small PET and glass bottles in line with the agreed roadmap or earlier,” Adeyeye added.

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