NAFDAC seals 24 unlicensed bakeries
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it had sealed 24 bakeries in Maiduguri for operating without licences.
The Coordinator of the agency in Borno, Mr Nasiru Mato, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.
Mato said the bakeries were sealed sequel to non-compliance with standard operational guidelines and failure to renew their licences.
He added that some of the bakeries were closed due to poor sanitation and lack of good hygiene practices.
The coordinator listed the affected bakeries to include Nurul Aini, Nice Bread, D Boss, Save the Nation, Albarka, Ever-Nice and Aljazeera, among others.
“Some of them are not registered by NAFDAC; they operate with fake label, product name and addresses.
“We have about 300 bakeries in the state, we embarked on comprehensive campaign to ensure that they comply with our guidelines to check circulation of unwholesome products and protect public health,” the coordinator said.
Meanwhile, NAFDAC recently sealed two bakeries and four sachet water factories during a routine inspection in Kaduna.
The affected bakeries include, A One bread at Kakuri, and Goodies bakery in Trikania, while the sachet water factories include Alvan, Ubas, De-Rias and Simfort in Kaduna metropolis.
The state Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr Dadi Mullah who led the team, said some of the closed factories did not meet the minimum requirements to operate, while others were not registered with the agency.
“We are sealing these factories because they have not met the minimum requirements and it is grossly unhygienic.
“The fact that people see sachet water and other products with NAFDAC number does not mean they are fully registered because some people fake the numbers by themselves.
“These products are not certified and have not gotten licence from us, so we are closing them down and we will make sure they are not seen in the market for consumption.
“Some of these sachet water factories are operating illegally by using other company’s name somewhere like Ubas water, operating in Rigasa, but still uses Gwargwaje in Zaria,” he said.
He urged residents to patronise products from licenced outlet than just consuming from nearby shops.
“I want to urge you all to always consume products from a licenced outlet than just buying at a nearby shop.”
He also urged members of the public to help the agency with relevant information on poor products and illegal operators of sachet water factories and other products.
“When you buy a product and you are not satisfied with it, especially water, you can report to us for necessary action.”