Nigerian govt makes move to ban alcohol sold in sachet, small bottles

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye has said sachet and small bottle alcohol producers are to reduce production by 50 per cent in the agency's move to reduce availability and curb alcohol abuse
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Emeh Joy

The Nigerian Government has commenced moves to bring an end to the packaging and selling of alcohol in sachet and small bottles.

The aim of this move is to reduce alcohol availability and also curb its abuse. Effective from January 31 2020, sachet and small bottles alcohol producers are to reduce production by 50 per cent of capacity.

According to the Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, the packagings had caused an increase in the abuse of alcohol in the country.

While speaking via a statement, Adeyeye made reference to the data by the World Health Organisation which claimed that alcohol consumption contributes to three million deaths per year globally as well as contributes to the poor state of health of millions of people.

"NAFDAC under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Health, once again, wishes to bring to the attention of the general public, concerns relating to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in sachets, small volume glass and PET bottles.

"These concerns relate to the negative effects of irresponsible alcohol consumption on public health and the safety and security of the public, alcohol being a toxic and psychoactive substance with dependence producing properties.

"Uncontrolled access and availability of high concentration alcohol in sachet and small volume PET or glass bottles have been put forward as a factor contributing to substance and alcohol abuse in Nigeria with its negative impact on the society", the NAFDAC DG said.

Adeyemi further stated that NAFDAC would be working with the Federal Ministry of Health to exercise its regulatory responsibilities by making sure that all alcoholic beverages and other regulated products meet the set standards of safety, quality and wholesomeness.

"The Federal Ministry of Health is concerned about the high incidence of substance and alcohol abuse in the country and NAFDAC, being the competent authority and working with relevant stakeholders, is increasing efforts to stem this.

"With regard to alcohol, major stakeholders have been engaged at the highest level and are already sensitised to the issue.

"To this end, several interventions jointly agreed upon by major stakeholders are being undertaken, and as a first step, no new products in sachet and small volume PET or glass bottles above 30 per cent ABV will be registered by NAFDAC.

"The overall goal is a complete phase-out of high concentration alcohol in sachets and small PET and glass bottles in line with the agreed roadmap or earlier", she said.

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