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NAFDAC Closes Ten Water Factories In Ondo State

 

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Ondo State has temporally shutdown ten (10) packaged water factories in the state.

In an interview on Sunday with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Benu Philip, the Ondo State Coordinator of NAFDAC, said that the companies were sealed over non-compliance with the regulation and standards, further stating that the affected companies across the state, had their premises sealed between January and June, and that they were all operating with expired license and had production underway in an unhygienic environment.

“In addition to locking the facilities, the companies will pay an administrative charge for late renewal of their registration license and submit necessary documents for the renewal process,” he said⁣.

According to Mr. Philip, the licenses issued are not forever, and renewal periods should be sustained to avoid regulatory interruption. He advised Nigerians to always look out for the NAFDAC registration numbers on sachet and bottled water, as well as batch information and date markings.⁣

“Our mandate, specifically, is to ensure, regulate and control the manufacturing of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and chemicals, which we refer to as regulated products.⁣”

“What we do in Ondo State majorly is to engage the stakeholders to keep them abreast of our mandate, to ensure that they follow the rules.”⁣
⁣“Most of the packaged water, popularly called ‘pure water’, that I know of in Ondo State since I came on board, have been operating with expired license.”⁣

“The license is the marketing authorization that enables you to sell your product in the market as verified and safe for consumption.⁣”

“Once you have that number on your certificate, it shows that you have gone through the regulatory processes to ensure that you make safe products to the consuming public but it is not forever; it has a timeline,” he said.⁣

He added that the agency will continue to collaborate with other agencies to ensure its set goals and targets were achieved.⁣

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