The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has shut down a sachet water factory in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.
NAFDAC’s officials also arrested some workers of the factory before sealing off the facilities where it said sachet water was being produced in what it described as alarmingly unhygienic conditions.
According to a statement signed by NAFDAC Coordinator in Rivers State, Chinelo Ejeh, the agency found that the sealed factory was packaging water directly from borehole without any form of treatment.
Chinelo Ojeh noted that “The illegal sachet water factory clamped down in Okrika were located in dingy rooms within live-in apartments in close proximity to toilets and dirty drainage channels.”
The NAFDAC State Coordinator therefore called on other sachet water producers still involved in illegal packaging in unhygienic conditions to desist from such unwholesome practice or be ready to face the wrath of the law.
She said NAFDAC would not relent in its mandate of safeguarding the health of the nation and ensuring that only registered wholesome water and other regulated products are produced and sold to the public.
“The Agency is also appealing to members of the public to always avail NAFDAC of information regarding illegal producers of regulated products,” Chinelo said.