The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) raided the popular Apongbon market in Lagos seizing drinks valued at N8 million.
The operation was part of its efforts to eradicate fake, unwholesome, and counterfeit alcoholic and non-alcoholic wines and drinks from circulation.
Anita Dabor, Head of Unit, NAFDAC, said in an interview in Lagos that many of the offending products were sold by merchants underneath the bridge.
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“They were mopped up and include very popular brands of wines and spirits.
“During the mop-up operation, a transport vehicle containing an array of drinks including JAPATA (a herbal drink that failed laboratory tests) was found hidden in the vehicle.
“The offending products were confiscated and evacuated. Attempts to apprehend the supplier of the Japata in the market proved abortive.
“The products mopped up from the market are valued at N8,000,000. However, the investigation is ongoing,” she said.
She assured that NAFDAC would ensure the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of foods and other regulated products offered for sale to the public.
She asked consumers to be vigilant, exercise discretion when making purchases, especially during this festive season, and report suspicious activities to NAFDAC.