To curb the abuse of alcohol across the country, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has placed a ban on the registration of alcohol in sachet and small volume PET and Glass bottles below 200ml, amidst other stringent regulatory measures.
The agency stated that its decision was the result of the recommendation of a high powered Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health and NAFDAC on one hand, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Industry represented by the Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) in December 2018.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, who dropped the hint in Abuja, explained that the registration of new alcoholic drinks in Sachet and Small volume PET and Glass bottles above 30 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume) has been banned.
She further stated that the Agency will ensure that validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category will not exceed the year 2024.
Adeyeye explained that Manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports, which were already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before this decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to stipulated standards free of charge.
According to her, DIBAN was also given a matching order to embark on intensive nationwide sensitisation campaigns against underage consumption of alcohol by adolescents below the age of 18 years in a bid to stem the tide of alcohol abuse in the country.
She explained that the Producers of Alcohol in Sachets and Small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31, 2020, while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.
“Even as we grapple with the containment of COVID-19 pandemic, NAFDAC is resolutely committed to the strict implementation of the regulations and regulatory measures towards safeguarding the Health of Nigerians particularly the vulnerable youths against the dangers of reckless consumption of alcohol,” she reiterated.