Ibadan – The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has impounded confectioneries worth more than N3 million at Agbeni Market in Ibadan.
It also sealed six other shops for selling fake and unregistered products in the market.
Mr Idowu Joseph, Chief Regulatory Officer and Enforcement, who led the team to the market, said NAFDAC acted on a tip off that some unregistered confectionaries had been imported into Nigerian market.
The products included bubble gum, sweets, candy and biscuits.
Joseph said that the agency had sealed more than 12 stores in Oke-Arin and Ebute Ero markets in Lagos for selling the same products.
“The brand owner of the registered product complained to NAFDAC in our Lagos office and showed us some samples, hence we are here to verify,’’ he said.
Joseph said that the agency would not relent in its efforts to combat the menace of unwholesome products in the country.
He said that whatever that was imported into the country must be certified by the agency and must not be different from the original manufacturer.
‘’All manufacturers importing any products must obtain a certificate of free sale from the country of origin.
“Henceforth, any product that has “export only’’ on it, the product will not be accepted,’’ he said.
A major distributor at the market, who preferred not to be mentioned, told newsmen that the products were imported from China.
According to her, “I do not know that the products have no NAFDAC registration number.’’
She urged the agency to assist her to track the manufacturer so as to place a ban on the importation of the products.