Whistleblower Leads NAFDAC To Counterfeit Goods

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has uncovered fake and unregistered items worth over N200 million following a whistle blower’s report.

The items were discovered in a facility at Ota, Ogun state which also served as a production outlet for counterfeit drinks with false NAFDAC registration numbers.

The agency’s Acting Director-General, Yetunde Oni, represented by Kingsley Ejiofor, director of Port Inspectorate, at a briefing yesterday explained that the facility belonged to one Innocent Merry Iloabuchi, and was engaged in below Good Manufacturing Practice, GMP, with unqualified personnel.

She said other items recovered were empty plastic bottles, caps, cartons and sticker labels of other products, noting that the labels had fake address printed on it.

She also said the agency in a raid discovered several shops at Ogbaru Relief Market in Onitsha used to produce, sell and distribute fake alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks of various popular brands.

According to her, the drinks were produced manually by mixing in plastic buckets and filled into bottles under unhygienic conditions.

By Bright Bassey

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