July 3, 2016 — The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) recently sealed off four bakeries during an inspection exercise in Benin City, Edo State for non-registration and failure to maintain good hygiene practices. The bakeries, which are all located on Sapkonba Road, include God’s Will, Life is Good, Our Daily Bread and Stone bakeries. NAFDAC also arrested three persons for unwholesome practices during the exercise.
Speaking during the exercise, the Coordinator of NAFDAC in Edo State, Mr. David West, stated that the arrests and closure were in line with the agency’s mandate of safeguarding the health of Nigerians. He further stated that the exercise was geared towards achieving three objectives of registration of bakeries, good hygiene practice and non-use of prohibited dough ingredients.
“We have three teams carrying out this exercise in different locations in Benin today. From the inspection so far, we observed that most of the bakeries are not listed with NAFDAC and they operate under poor hygiene condition. We have given sanctions and made some arrest and they will be prosecuted”.
Across the country, NAFDAC has made similar arrest and closed several bakeries for failure to comply with its requirements.