NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria has unveiled plans of banning the use of sachets and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in packaging alcoholic beverages.

According to a report Beverage Industry News, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General at NAFDAC, said that the regulator will no longer approve new registration for alcohol packaged in sachets.

Speaking during a meeting with stakeholders in food and drugs manufacturing, Adeyeye added that NAFDAC has identified alcohol packaged in sachets as a major contributor to increasing drug and alcohol abuse in the society.

According to her, the agency would in the next five years phase out the use of PET bottles used in packaging of alcohol to address the increasing spate of abuse in the country.

“The agency remains undaunted in its efforts to reduce the incidence of substandard and falsified products as well as the smuggling and abuse of various products.

In addition, the agency will also give five-year exclusive rights to companies to market their products without competition if they develop food and drugs that show demonstrable research and development innovation.

This development will be effective before the end of the first quarter of the year,” Adeyeye said.

In the recent past, alcohol packaging sachets has been on the rise in the country prompted by combination of socio-economic factors including lower purchasing power due to inflation.

Sachets packaging is a product segmentation strategy designed to enhance customer patronage for manufacturers brands, as it makes the product easily affordable.

These development has however been seen to heighten competition and quest for market share among major local sachet alcoholic drink producers.

Food and drug regulatory agency bans use of methyl bromide as a pesticide

Additionally, the Food and Drug regulatory agency has also imposed a ban on the use of methyl bromide as a fumigant for pest control in crops.

In statement signed by the director general of the agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC urged the public, farmers, exporters of agricultural produce and agro-input dealers to desist from using methyl bromide as a pesticide.

According the regulator agency, methyl bromide was found to have toxic effects in humans as well as has adverse effects to the environment.