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NAFDAC shuts down illegal satchet water factories in Rivers state – From Chukwudi Ejimofor/Port Harcourt

In  a sustained effort to cleanse the society of unwholesome consumables, The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
(NAFDAC) has shut down two sachet water factories in Aluu, Ikwere LGA, Rivers State for producing untreated and unregistered sachet water.
In a statement signed by Cyril Monye, Public Relations Office NAFDAC, South South Zone
Port Harcourt said the raid was carried out sequel to credible information concerning the illegal activities of the establishment.
One of the factories according to the release is located at Omuokiri, Aluu clan near Port Harcourt were producers of THICOONE Table Water in an unhygienic environment with no filtration procedure and UV light. The facility was also not approved or registered by NAFDAC and has no NAFDAC registration number printed on the sachets.
The statement opined that the factory workers took to their heels on sighting NAFDAC officials. Their illegal act working equipment was confiscated and destroyed all the sachet water that were already packed to sale to unsuspecting consumers.
The statement stressed further that another unregistered factory at the same axis was discovered to be cloning/faking two registered sachet water product (one of the labels was bearing Enugu address). Account to the statement, the Properitor was arrested, while more over one truck of sachet water set for distribution were destroyed and the factory shut down by NAFDAC.
The agency according to the statement is using this medium to remind the general public to be mindful of the sachet water they consume by ensuring that they have NAFDAC number and always avail the agency of information on places where fake products are been produced.
In a related development the Rivers State NAFDAC Coordinator, Pharm. Emmanuel Onogwu has warned sachet water producers to always maintain Good Hygienic Practice (GHP) in processing their products.
He gave the administration while featuring as a guest speaker during the Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP), RiversState chapter’s meeting in Port Harcourt.
He warned that “NAFDAC will not hesitate to shut down any water factory where standard practices are been flouted and the Properitor sanctioned”
The ATWAP members the statement concluded were also educated on NAPAMS and online NAFDAC registration of their products.
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