NAFDAC confiscates fake products worth N100m in Wuse Market
By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
National Agency for Food And Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and members of the Federal Taskforce at the weekend raided the popular Wuse Market in Abuja and confiscated beverages worth over N100 million.
The goods which were mainly assorted beverages, the Deputy Director Investigation and Enforcement, Shaba Mohammed, said most of them were unregistered and counterfeiting products.
Our reporter observed that the counterfeiting and unregistered products were discovered in about four shops; two belonging to Nogo Impex limited, and one belonging to Songstill wine shop limited.
Meanwhile the owners of the fourth shop hurriedly locked and left when they got wind of the operatives, but that did not deter the operatives, as they forced it open and discovered the counterfeiting products.
Speaking further, Mohammed said the exercise was in continuation of a renewed global Anti-counterfeiting fight against counterfeit, substandard, fake and unwholesome food and beverages in collaboration with Interpol and Europol.
“The exercise called OpsonVi operation is being carried in 60 countries of the world. It is aimed at getting a more detail picture of food crime all over the world and strengthening the internal cooperation in order to fight against organised criminals involved in food and beverages trafficking.”
He expressed worry that such items aside infringing on the intellectual property right, also pose threat to human lives.
“Most of the items seized today are mainly 100% ethanol mixed with other additives and contaminants that cause damages ranging from affecting the human brain communication pathways abnormality, irregular heart-beats (Arrhythmias), inflammation of the liver (Cirrhosis) and cancer.”