The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians of fake drinks (gins and wines) which has recently flooded the markets as the Christmas season draws near.
NAFDAC recently seized 11 large cartoons of fake Chelsea Dry Gin labels which could be used to package gins worth N64.76 million. NAFDAC also tracked down and confiscated a large number of fake labels of Amarula drinks.
Speaking to newsmen in Enugu, NAFDAC’s Ports Head, Mr. John Okwori, said the agency recently found out that beverage fakers were focusing on these drinks and had commenced a nationwide massive mop-up of these products.
Okwori also said they are tracking fake labels imported into the country, the agency is currently doing a mop-up of substandard, expired and fake spirits, gins and wines in the market.
Alerting Nigerians of the dangers of consuming adulterated drinks, Okwori stressed that it could damage vital organs such as kidney, liver or heart complications as well as diseases, especially when such injurious drinks are consumed in large quantities due to the euphoria of the yuletide season.
Calling for every Nigerian’s co-operation on the fight, Okwori said people should be wary of spirits, gins and wines they buy; they should securitise them to see that NAFDAC numbers, production dates, manufacturers and countries of origin are well spelt out.
“There should be a closer look at the labels to see that they are the normal and regular labels. They should also watch out for the colour of the drink through its container, whether it conforms to the original colour.
“If there is anything wrong in all these I have mentioned, do not buy the drink. Your safety and that of your loved ones, who you are giving or sharing the drink with, should come first.”
He also reminded Nigerians that NAFDAC offices are open for public complaints, enquiries and advice every working day, and encouraged people to promptly report to the nearest NAFDAC office, about any drink they might suspect to be fake.