The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has announced that alcohol in sachets, tiny volume PET bottles, and glass bottles containing less than 200 millilitres would no longer be registered.
This was revealed in a statement made by the agency on Monday, January 24, on behalf of its Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye.
Adeyeye explained that the decision to prohibit the registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachets and small-volume PET and glass bottles containing more than 30% alcohol by volume (ABV) was based on there commendations of a high-powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, the Federal Competition,Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Industry, the Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), and the Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) In December 2021.
Manufacturers of low-volume alcoholic beverages (200ml) who had already submitted satisfactory laboratory tests to NAFDAC for registration before the ruling were ordered to free of charge reformulate their products to meet the new standards.
The agency would ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the impacted category does not exceed 2024, according to Adeyeye.
The statement was as follows:
“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.”