Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC

Consumer Protection: NAFDAC to shut erring water companies over GMP requirements

*Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control says it has observed that several of the over 16,000 registered producers of packaged water , after registration approval, usually lower standards and produce under despicable conditions to the detriment of consumers’ wellbeing

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In regard to the need to sanitise the water industry, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned it will seal off sachet water production firms that compromise on quality, and fail the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements in Nigeria.

According to the regulatory agency, it has been observed that shortly after procuring registration approval, many of the over 16,000 registered producers of packaged water across Nigeria more often lower standards and produce the essential commodity under despicable conditions, putting the health of the Nigerian consuming public at risk.

A sachet water factory 

Sayo Akintola, Resident Media Consultant to NAFDAC, in a statement Sunday in Abuja, FCT, said Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of the agency, issued the warning in at a virtual stakeholders meeting with packaged water producers on the need to sanitise the essential commodity industry in the country.

Adeyeye stated: “We all know that the situation in Nigeria today is such that the entire Nigerian populace, including the healthy, elderly, pregnant women, children and the weak with low immunity depend on packaged water for sustenance.

“Many believe falsely or rightly that the municipal water, where available, may hardly be safe for drinking.”

She described water as a unique product because it has no alternative.

Everybody needs water or at least water based product for hydration, proper digestion of food, drugs and other human needs to sustain life, Adeyeye said, noting “water is life.’’

The NAFDAC Chief, however, put forward the fact that water can only sustain life when it’s available for drinking in the safe and potable form; otherwise it could cause health complications that could even lead to death.

“You are in the noble business of providing Nigerians with safe drinking water. But if you engage in activities that fall short of standards and regulatory requirements, you may be responsible for illness and even death of innocent Nigerians,” said she.

She further stressed that NAFDAC would intensify routine monitoring to ensure consistent compliance on GMP and other requirements; and apply appropriate sanctions on defaulters and violators.

Prof. Adeyeye appealed to the conscience of the producers to produce safe water for public consumption, the statement said.

She urged the stakeholders to belong to the group of life savers and not otherwise, adding that NAFDAC would collaborate with the various associations with a view to sanitising the industry.

Mrs. Tina Ativie, National President of the Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) and Mr. Egberi Odiri, Water Producers Association of Nigeria (WAPAN) in their remarks commended NAFDAC for the initiative.

They explained various steps their respective Associations have taken in areas of enlightenment, education, and self-monitoring of their members.

The leaders expressed the desire of their Associations to cooperate and collaborate with NAFDAC to ensure sanity in the packaged water sector.

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