National Food Drug, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has commenced Enforcement of Ban on Alcoholic Beverages in Small Volumes.
NAFDAC is also intensifying enforcement efforts to implement the ban on the production and sale of alcoholic beverages in sachets and small-volume containers of 200ml and below.
According to the Director General of the Agency, Prof. Adeyeye while briefing Newsmen said the decision was based on recommendations from various stakeholders, aims to protect vulnerable populations, particularly children and drivers, from the harmful effects of alcohol consumption.
The Agency noted that as at 31st January 2024, there are no alcoholic beverages in these categories registered by NAFDAC.
“Manufacturers were given a transition period to phase out existing stock, which has now ended. Starting February 1, 2024, nationwide enforcement actions have been initiated, targeting both producers and distributors found in violation of the ban.
NAFDAC warns of strict consequences for non-compliance, including potential prosecution. The Agency urges holders of banned alcoholic beverages and associated packaging materials to surrender them for destruction to prevent legal action.
This move underscores NAFDAC’s commitment to public health and the regulation of alcohol consumption, especially among vulnerable segments of the Nigerian population.