NAFDAC Bans Production Of Sachet Alcohol

Alcohol in sachets, tiny volume PET bottles, and glass bottles with a capacity of less than 200 millilitres have been banned, according to NAFDAC.

In December 2018, a high-powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health and NAFDAC on the one hand, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on the other, and industry represented by the Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) on the other, recommended that the ban be implemented.

“Producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 percent with effect from January 31st, 2022 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024,” she said.

In addition, the agency will ensure that the validity of the renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.

“The agency is 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 said.

The DG explained that manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before the decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to the stipulated standards free of charge.

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