NAFDAC Uncovers and confiscate fake food products in Katsina
Members of NAFDAC has stormed the Old and New Central market in Katsina State, following the ongoing “National Mop-up Action,” to sanitise all the Markets IN Nigeria and get rid of illegally imported banned-products.
Mr. Bitrus Fraden, said:
NAFDAC was only carrying out its routine exercise to measure the level of compliance with its guidelines against importation, stocking and sale of banned food products.
The operation to seize unregistered products in the two markets began simultaneously around 11.00 am when several vehicles with NAFDAC operatives, security personnel and journalists made their way into the markets.
If we are unable to stop them at the (nation’s) borders due to a number of factors, we are duty bound to stop them from inside and that is what we are doing. It is part of our mandate to ensure that what is on sale even inside the markets should be approved by NAFDAC. What we discovered is that a lot of sugar came in illegally and a lot of macaronis and spaghetti or pastries came in illegally and these things do not conform to guide-lines and regulations. We have discovered unfortified sugar and illegally imported vegetable oil.”
He added that government in banning importation of the products was not only convinced that the country had the capacity to produce them and meet local demand, but to protect the indigenous companies and generate employment for the teeming population.