NAFDAC discovers bakeries using banned substances in Sokoto State

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The Sokoto State Command of
the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control
(NAFDAC) has discovered some bakeries using prohibited
Potassium Bromide and Saccharine substances in Sokoto
metropolis.

The State Coordinator, Malam Hamis Yahaya, said
equipment and substances were confiscated while the outfits
were shut by the agency’s officials in Sokoto.

Yahaya said following the development, the state command summoned
emergency meeting with members of Bakers Association in Sokoto State
on Tuesday and issued guidelines and prohibitions while other
general matters on food consumption compliance were discussed.

He reiterated that the agency would continue to pursue its mandates
of safeguarding people’s health through routine surveillance, inspections
and awareness campaigns and urged people to always patronise finished
consumables with NAFDAC registration.

“We ensure routine inspections on sachet water, bakeries and other
consumables factories as well as raiding markets and points of selling
finished products while conducting analysis of the products,’’ Yahaya said.

The coordinator said the agency shared cordial working synergy with
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Department of State Security Service (DSS),
Police, Nigeria Customs Services (NCS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC)
and others through enforcement and information sharing.

According to him, NAFDAC partnered with traditional and religious institutions as well as
educational institutions in conducting educational awareness campaigns on dangers of fake
drugs, adulterated foods and other regulations on consumables.

He solicited for increased media partnership in executing the agency’s mandates, to safeguard
people’s health and urged members of the public to assist the agency with useful information,
to achieve the desired results.