The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday raided some markets and confiscated imported fruit juices worth millions of naira in Onitsha.
Some of the juices confiscated at the Relief Market and super markets were labeled Masafi, Euro drink and Peach, respectively.
According to The Authority, Dr Mrs Christiana Esenwah, Deputy Director of NAFDAC in Anambra, explained that the raid followed the federal government’s ban on imported fruit juices and other products.
“The exercise was aimed at mopping up all imported fruit juices from all markets, shops and super markets following the ban.
“This is a nationwide exercise. It is aimed at strengthening local industries and increase activities in the fruit juice manufacturing sector.
“This country is blessed with rich natural and human resources. Fruits are everywhere wasting. Go to waste dumps and see piles of fruits wasting because we have not been able to fully utilise our potentials.
“The exercise is, therefore, a necessity to minimise the wastage”, Esenwah emphasised.
She said that local production would also reduce the foreign exchange put into importation of goods. Esenwah urged traders to see the exercise as a sacrifice toward developing the industrial sector of the country. “It is also sad to note that some of the juices coming into the country are not even safe for drinking”, she added.
Esenwah assured that the agency would continue to carry out raids on imported fruit juices as well as unwholesome, fake and adulterated products until the health of the nation was safeguarded.
The Deputy Director urged the federal government to reconsider posting NAFDAC back to sea ports to ensure that such unwholesome products are not allowed into the country.