NAFDAC TO COMMENCE CLAMP DOWN ON EDIBLE FOOD PRODUCERS
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC,is to commence the closure of factories of edible food producers in the country whose products failed the micro nutrient fortification compliance test.
Benue State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr. Anikoh Ibrahim, made this known, when he led officials of the agency to markets in the state, on random testing for micro nutrient fortification compliance in sugar, floor, salt and vegetable oil products, being sold in the market.
According to him malnutrition among children, the death of young mothers during childbirth due to anemia and the poor learning ability of children were all consequences of micro nutrient deficiencies.
Ibrahim who decried the level of micro nutrient deficiency among Nigerian children between the ages of one and five lamented that the agency embarked on the nationwide exercise “because it has been discovered one in four children under the age of five in Nigeria suffers from Vitamin A deficiency while about 31 percent of mothers in Nigeria are iodine deficient.
“This is the more reason why it is the right of every Nigerian to consume fortified foods to guard against diseases and untimely deaths; hence it is therefore important that consumers begin to demand for fortified staples.He said
He said in the event of non-compliance to mandatory food fortification by manufacturers of vegetable oil, wheat/maize flour and sugar, necessary sanctions will be applied which includes immediate closure of the concerned factories.
“The NAFDAC State Coordinator added that the punitive measures would also include the payment of administrative fines, withdrawal of products from markets and destruction of same by the agency.
He stated that most of the products that were subjects to the random test met the minimum fortification standards but added that manufacturers of products that failed the test would be notified accordingly