The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) recently carried out a raid at the Relief Market in Onitsha, Anambra State. The agency arrested seven persons who allegedly specialize in the production of fake wine and other pharmaceutical products.
The agency also sealed two wine factories as part of the raid on grounds that they were responsible for circulating the fake wine products in the area.
Speaking about the enforcement activities, the Director for Investigation and Enforcement, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor, stated that the raid was based on intelligence report that led to the discovery of some of the factories that specialized in production of fake wine. He further stated that the individual arrested were specifically involved in the bottling of unwholesome, counterfeit and dangerous drinks.
Some of the brands confiscated included Hennessey, 501, Johnny Walker, Red Label whisky, Best Marula fruit cream, Pure heaven, Amarula, Baron De Vals, Eva and J&W.
In addition to the fake wine products, the agency confiscated other products including tramadol of 200mg, 225mg strength, which is not meant to be sold at the market and UNFPA condoms from United Nation meant to distributed at the hospital.
“In one of the shops, the smell was so pungent that we could not even recover the materials and had to destroy them right there. It was heartbreaking to discover that the factories were meant for illegal manufacturers of bottle and dangerous chemicals known as fake wine and spirits”. Ejiofor stated.
Source: Premium Times