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NAFDAC tests sachet water in Jigawa

Posted: Apr 27, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has ordered sachet water (pure water) producers in Jigawa State to present their products for physic-chemical and microbiological test analysis.

The NAFDAC state Coordinator, Mr. Olakunle Olaniran, gave the advice while inspecting the ongoing annual monitoring of water quality standard and compliance in Shemars Water Company in Dutse, the state capital.

Olaniran explained that the agency had taken proactive measures in ensuring that water consumed by people met internationally recognised standards of quality and safety.

“All water producers must participate in the test analysis and where their product failed the test, we shall put measures to correct that; any packaged water producer who deliberately refused to participate will be sanctioned by the agency,” Olaniran warned.

According to him, NAFDAC was partnering with Emani Global Concept to embark on monitoring of the quality standard and compliance with modern mobile equipment nationwide.

He said the step was taken to ensure that producers of commercially packaged water complied with NAFDAC and WHO standard for safe drinking water.

The coordinator stated that it was worrisome that base on UNICEF statistics, thousands of people especially children still die every day from diarrhoea and other preventable water related diseases across the country.

Similarly, the NAFDAC said it would release operational guidelines for food and drug producers in Nasarawa State.

NAFDAC’s Coordinator in the state, Mr Micheal Attah, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia that the agency was poised to sanitise the entire system.

He said part of the organisation’s strategic plans to ensure sanity in the state would include routine inspection in the 13 local government areas.

“Sensitisation among agro-chemical dealers on application and handling of agro chemicals on farm produce, is to avoid pesticides,” he said.

Others include enlightenment campaign for master bakers, supermarket operators, restaurants and hotels, pharmacy stores, as well as water producers and others.

“Getting NAFDAC registration number is not just for fun, there are some requirements.

“There are some procedures and some things that they agreed they are going to adhere to, before NAFDAC finally gives them their numbers,” Attah said.

He urged producers and dealers to control their products to ensure that they adhered strictly to the rules guiding their activities, to ensure the safety of all and sundry in the country.