The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC has threatened to shut the factory of any packaged water producers that violates its regulatory requirements.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, stated that the over 16,000 registered packaged water producers in the country must comply with its Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines or risk serious sanction.
Prof. Adeyeye, according to a statement issued by the agency, gave the warning while speaking at a virtual stakeholder meeting with packaged water producers in Nigeria.
In attendance at the virtual meeting were 412 members of both the Association of Table Water Producers and the Water Producers Association of Nigeria.
Speaking at the meeting, Adeyeye appealed to the water producers to always ensure compliance with the agency’s regulations at all times.
Adeyeye expressed concerns that many of the over 16,000 registered producers of packaged water across the country tend to lower standards after procuring registration approval.
The NAFDAC boss said that many of the packaged water products in the market are produced under despicable conditions, which inevitably put the health of Nigerians at risk.
“Today we gathered on this platform as producers of packaged water and 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.
“Water is life. But many believe falsely or rightly that the municipal water, where available, may hardly be safe for drinking,” she said.
The DG stated that water is an essential commodity with no alternative, adding that everybody needs water or water-based product for hydration, proper digestion of food, drugs and other human needs to sustain life.
“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.
“Your associations have the structure to reach and locate both legal and illegal producers of packaged water across the country, which could help regulators in weeding out those giving operators in the sector a bad name,” she said.
Adeyeye insisted that packaged water must meet the requirements of NAFDAC and provisions of the Nigerian industrial standards for packaged water, noting that the agency would intensify its routine monitoring to ensure consistent compliance on GMP and apply appropriate sanctions on defaulters where necessary.
“Let me remind you that operating with an expired license, producing without approval, relocation of factory site without approval, leasing of registered premises without approval, unauthorised contract manufacturing, distribution of expired or products without date markings, submission of fake documents and poor GMP all attract very severe sanctions,” she warns.
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