The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed 13 illegal dairies and water factories in Kumbotso and Nasarawa Local Government areas of Kano State during an inspection and enforcement exercise.
The Kano State Coordinator, Mr. Shaba Muhammad reportedly said that the agency seized counterfeit water, milk, and milk products in a raid conducted by the agency’s Enforcement Taskforce in the state.
Shaba reportedly said that the raid followed the discovery of large quantities of counterfeit water, yoghurt and milk products in circulation in the Kano metropolis and other major towns across the state.
According to Shaba, some of the factories were sealed due to lack of NAFDAC registration or failure to renew their licenses in the past 10 years while others produced various brands of milk and milk products and labeled them as genuine products from reputable companies in Nigeria.
Shaba reportedly said that the raid followed month-long surveillance on activities of the factories which poses serious risks to public health and damage to the environment.
Shaba reportedly said that samples of the products were taken for laboratory analysis to ascertain its standard.
Assistant Director, Investigation and Enforcement of the agency, Tamanuwa Andrew-Baba reportedly said that the enforcement exercise in Kano state was conducted by drafted personnel from Kaduna and Lagos Zonal offices of the agency.
Tamanuwa reportedly said that the affected factories were sealed and the erring factory owners will be prosecuted as soon as the investigation was concluded.
Andrew-Baba warned against the production and sale of counterfeit products, stressing that defaulters would be prosecuted.