NAFDAC bursts large hauls of fake wines, soft drinks, and consumables

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*Photo: Prof Adeyeye(middle)*

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, Chelsea London Dry Gin, Carlo Rossi, McDowells, Smirnoff Ice, Eva non-alcoholic drink, and more.

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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, powdered milk, ketchup, yoghurt 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. Ten individuals were arrested and will face charges after a thorough investigation.

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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.

The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, reaffirmed the Agency’s commitment to eradicating counterfeit products nationwide and urged the public to report suspicious activities to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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