National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
(NAFDAC) on Thursday alerted the public about the circulation of
revalidated expired yoghurt, unregistered wines and spirits in the market.
Director-General of the agency, Paul Orhii, made the disclosure at a
news briefing in Lagos, Vanguard reports.
According to the report:-
The agency has launched an investigation into the alteration of the
expiry date of the yoghurt known as Dunone Ultra Mel Yoghurt.
According to NAFDAC, a firm tampered with the expiry date of March
2015 of the yoghurt by carefully altering the last number in the date to
read March 2016.
Announcing that the suspects had been arrested by the agency, Orhii
said NAFDAC was working to get the source of the product and bring
the perpetrators to book.
He said: “The public is, hereby, informed that the validity of yoghurt is
six months. Buyers and consumers should be watchful of processed
foods and always collect receipts upon purchase of any item.”
Meanwhile, the agency has intercepted a truckload of various suspected
counterfeit and unregistered wines and spirits belonging to a
businessman (names withheld) along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
Orhii said the most worrisome thing was that the importer used official
government number plate, OGFZA (Regd.No.RV885FZE) assigned to
Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, to deceive security operatives, adding
that the interception was made possible by vigilant officers of the
On examination, he said, the truck was found to contain counterfeit and
unregistered wines and spirits (J&P Wine, Red Label, Villiera Fired
Earth Wine and Jelzin Assorted Flavours).
Others are JP Chernet Wine, Cask and Cream, E and J Brey, among
Orhii further revealed that the agency had concluded plans to re-present
its proposed Anti-Counterfeit Bill to the eighth Assembly with a view to
getting stiffer punishments for counterfeiters of registered products.
The new bill is proposing a lifetime jail sentence for convicted
counterfeiters, and also recommending the confiscation of their assets
and the use of some of the confiscated assets to compensate victims.