The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued a warning to the public regarding the presence of unapproved sugar imported from India and Brazil.
This is contained in a statement by the Agency, which noted that these products are not registered and are not fortified with Vitamin A, thereby posing a significant risk to public health.
“The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is notifying the public of the illegal importation of foreign unauthorised sugar manufactured in Brazil and India.
“The products are imported through Cameroun (Douala), Niger, Chad & Benin Republic into the Nigerian border communities of Borno, Adamawa, Lagos, Oyo and Ogun States, etc.
“Importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers are urged to exercise caution and vigilance. As such, it is critical to carefully verify the authenticity and physical condition of the products.
“These products are not registered by NAFDAC and non-fortified with Vitamin A, therefore the illegal importation and marketing of the products poses a risk to the health of consumers, as the safety and quality of the products are not guaranteed.”
“NAFDAC implores importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and consumption of the unregistered regulated products.
“The products’ authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked.
“Anyone in possession of the above-mentioned foreign unregistered sugar brand products is advised to submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.
“If you, or someone you know, have consumed this product or suffered any adverse reaction/event after consumption, you are advised to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional.”