The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down 22 bakeries and 25 sachet water factories during routine inspection in Maiduguri of Borno state.
The state coordinator of NAFDAC, Nasiru Mato reportedly said that the affected factories did not meet the minimum requirements to operate while others were not registered with the agency.
Mato reportedly said that the agency has been involved in lots of surveillance, investigative inspections and prompt response to consumer complaints and alerts in a bid to ensure the wellbeing of the citizenry.
Mato added that the agency has paid unannounced visits to bakeries and water factories to ascertain their good hygiene practices and to further ascertain their compliance to NAFDAC regulations.
“In respect of bakeries, we sealed 22 for different categories of violations bothering on unregistered products, products with expired licenses, while some had hygienic practice. And in some cases, the bakeries were found using the dangerous potassium bromide, which is carcinogenic and has potential to cause cancer” Matto reportedly said.
NAFDAC implored consumers to check for NAFDAC registration number, manufacturing date, expiry date and batch number and the address of the company before buying products.