The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has uncovered a large haul of fake wine and soft drinks in Abia State.
This was contained in a press statement released by the agency via its verified X(formerly Twitter) account, adding that the agency discovered major brands were cloned by the arrested syndicate in an operation that involved over 240 shops-turned-factories.
The statement reads:
In a major operation, NAFDAC has dismantled a large-scale counterfeit beverage syndicate operating in Eziukwu Market, Aba, Abia State.
Acting on intelligence, the Agency collaborated with security forces to conduct a sting operation, uncovering illicit activities spanning various brands, including Seaman Schnapps, Henessy, Four Cousins, Martell, Black Label, Campari, and more.
Over 240 shops-turned-factories were raided, revealing filthy conditions, the use of unhygienic water, harmful chemicals, and cloned packaging materials.
“The counterfeiters engaged in date revalidation for expired products like Peak milk, ketchup, and Coca-Cola products, posing severe health risks to unsuspecting consumers.
“The shutdown of the entire market was enforced until stakeholders committed to preventing such activities.
“The operation resulted in the destruction of 1,500 cartons of fake products, valued at over N750 million, and the evacuation of 300 cartons to NAFDAC’s warehouse.”
It added that “Ten individuals were arrested and will face charges after a thorough investigation.”
NAFDAC emphasizes the health hazards of consuming adulterated alcohol, urging vigilance during the festive season, and advising consumers to scrutinize the “4 Ps” – Place, Price, Packaging, and Product – before purchasing alcohol.
📢 Press Release
NAFDAC bursts large hauls of fake wines, soft drinks, and consumers.
— NAFDAC NIGERIA (@NafdacAgency) December 18, 2023
PHMedia however urges Nigerians to take note and be careful about what they consume as the spread of fake drugs roams the general market.
The Official X (Twitter) Account of The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control