NAFDAC condemns unscrupulous ethanol’s importers
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has condemned the antics of unscrupulous importers of food grade ethanol (alcohol) who in attempt to evade the proper payment of tariffs on absolute alcohol denature it to pay lower tariffs.
The Agency’s Director-General, Dr. Paul Orhii, who described the practice as potentially harmful, said the importers denature the alcohol with any substance which can cause health problems.
Orhii made this charge while receiving the Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), Mr. Lateef Busari, who led his management team on a courtesy visit to the agency as part of efforts of engaging relevant stakeholders in the implementation of the Nigerian Sugar Master plan (NSMP).
The NAFDAC boss argued that if Nigeria was producing its own alcohol locally, it would be cheaper, cleaner, free of contaminants and easy to regulate and use in the food industry.
He said: “Local development of sugar will solve a big problem for Nigeria in the area of food, especially in the production of ethanol. This is because one of the problems we are facing as a regulatory agency is the issue of ethanol fraud.”
He added: “We are all for the development of local sugar industry. For us, we want to ensure that sugar is adequately fortified with Vitamin A. We are in total support for the implementation of this master plan.”
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