NAFDAC closes 54 sachet water factories in Niger

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

The National Agency for Food and Administration and Control () on Thursday said the agency had sealed 54 table water producing factories in the state.

The Coordinator in Niger, Mr Dadi Mantum, said this at news conference in Minna.

He said the 54 sachet water factories were closed in Suleja and Minna for allegedly contravening the agency’s regulations.

Mantum said the agency took the action following tip-offs the factories were operating illegally, adding the factories were closed as part of efforts to protect public health.

He stressed that would strive to be proactive, warning that it would sanction any individual or found wanting in compliance extant regulations on water packaging.

“It is the simple laws that we are going to enforce; these include laws on hygiene, cleanliness, proper storage of water, proper mode of transportation and of correct .

“We have decided that these simple laws would be enforced.

“Acquisition of equipment is enough; in fact, these producers buy equipment which is quite expensive.

“We, however, to enforce the laws on hygiene so as to guarantee that the sachet water being produced is fit for human consumption,’’ he said.

The NAFDAC coordinator identified lack of as one of the limitations which constrained the agency getting to the grassroots regularly.

Mantum said that the assistance of the state government, task forces were being to carry the enforcement of health standards in the .

“So, we are constrained in reaching down to the in the as regularly as we do the in urban areas.

“That’s why there is still much disparity between monitoring in the urban and ,’’ he said.