The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has announced that it has stopped the registration of alcohol in sachet, small volume PET and glass bottles below 200 millilitres.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the agency on behalf of its Director-General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, on Monday January 24.
Adeyeye said the decision to ban registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume PET and glass bottles above 30 per cent Alcohol by Volume (ABV), was taken in line with recommendation of a high powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC and Federal Competition, Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Industry, Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) in December 2018.
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 stipulated standards free of charge.
Adeyeye added that the agency will ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.
The statement read;
“Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria was also given a matching order to embark on intensive nation-wide sensitization campaigns against underage consumption of alcohol by adolescents below the age of 18 years in the bid to stem the tide of alcohol abuse in the country.
“Producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31st, 2022 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 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.”