Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC

NAFDAC destroys seized N515.7m harmful foods, fake medicines, fertilizers

*The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control says it has destroyed unwholesome foods, falsified medicines, and other expired products worth estimated N515, 732, 587million street value in Northeastern Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In line with the agency’s strategy aimed at eradicating dubious reintroduction of fake drugs and other seized unwholesome, regulated products into Nigerian markets, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it had destroyed unwholesome foods, falsified medicine and expired products worth over N500 million in Northeastern Nigeria.

Sayo Akintola, Resident Media Consultant of NAFDAC, in a statement Sunday, May 23  noted Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of the agency, said the exercise was in line with one of regulator’s strategies aimed at eliminating the incidence of reintroducing fake drugs and other seized spurious or and unwholesome NAFDAC-regulated products into the country’s market.

Prof. Adeyeye, represented by Dayilim Josephine, NAFDAC’s Bauchi State Coordinator, stated this in Gombe State at the North-East Zonal destruction exercise of fake, counterfeit, substandard, expired, and unwholesome products by the Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) team of the Federal regulatory agency.

It stated that the products destroyed comprised of substandard and falsified medicines, unwholesome processed food products, unsafe cosmetics and other counterfeit regulated products seized from importers and manufacturers by various NAFDAC establishments in the North-Eastern part of the country.

Other items included in the exercise, NAFDAC noted, were expired, regulated products voluntarily handed over to the Agency by complaint companies, including GSK Pharma, Ogba, Lagos, and non-governmental organisations within the zone.

Adeyeye also said the estimated street value of the products destroyed was N515, 732, 587.

The products destroyed included various quantities of medicines such as antibiotics, herbal remedied, psychoactive, and anti-diabetic.

Such items include foods such as noodles, palm oil, vegetable oil, ogogoro (locally made gin) non-alcoholic beverages, sachet water among other were parts of the products destroyed.

Cosmetics such as creams, pomade, and chemicals such as fake insecticides, fertilizers were also destroyed.

Medical devices such as disposable syringe, I.V given set, and PPE as well as imported falsified packaging materials for counterfeiting various NAFDAC regulated products.

The NAFDAC Director-General expressed delight, that the products destroyed could have found their way back to the markets with the resultant consequences on unwary consumers.

Earlier, the exercise commenced with reception of items from the North-East zonal states of Gombe, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi and Taraba.

The statement said a total of 240.15 tonnes were received from the North-East states and 40 additional tonnes from GSK Pharma were received and destroyed in the exercise.

The heap of items received was doused with fuel and lighted with fire at noon Saturday, May 22, said the agency.

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