NAFDAC impounds adulterated alcoholic wines in Edo

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has confiscated nearly 90 cartons of fake ‘Fidossi Spunmante’ drinks, a brand of alcoholic wine, without registration number in Edo State.

Mrs Itua Esther, Assistant Director of NAFDAC in Edo disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin City on Saturday.

She said said the seizure followed a raid on five shops at Upper Sakponba, Mission Road, Benin on Friday.

“We were after Festa Spunmante. The registered brand of this particular drink is Fidossi Spunmante.

“Festa Spunmante does not have NAFDAC registration number on it, this brand of drink did not pass through the normal process.

“NAFDAC is the body that controls, regulates exportation and importation and use of regulated products. This particular drink falls under food which is part of what NAFDAC regulates.

“The company that produces the brand is supposed to have come through NAFDAC, (and) we do an inspection of the facility abroad.

“The selling of fake drinks and other regulated products is not on the increase because the agency is not resting in its fight against counterfeit regulated products.

“The consumption of counterfeit drinks could cause kidney problems,” she said.

NAN confirmed that the original wine sells for about N8,000 per carton, while the fake is sold for N5,500 per carton.

Itua advised consumers to be vigilant and ensure that they purchase only products with NAFDAC registration numbers and still within their shelf-life periods.

She called on consumers to also report suspected dealers and fakes of regulated products to the nearest NAFDAC office.


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