NAFDAC shuts seven shops
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Kano State has shut seven shops for illegal repackaging of palm oil, spaghetti, salt and vegetable oil classified as contraband goods.
The illegal goods are valued at N200million.
The operation was carried out at Singer, Galadima Palm Oil and Yankura markets.
The Assistant Director of NAFDAC, Alhaji Shaba Mohammed, who led the operation amid heavy security, said the owners of the closed shops sold contraband goods.
He added: “They engage in illegal importation of vegetable oil. The importation of the product was banned to give local manufacturers the opportunity to sell their products and create jobs for the masses.”
Mohammed said most of the imported vegetable oil, spaghetti and salt lack fortified Vitamin A, which is essential to consumers’ health.
He said government would not allow dubious businessmen to endanger the health of the citizens.
The chairman of Singer Market, Abdulaziz Al–Musa, said they cooperated with NAFDAC to ensure good hygienic condition of food items.
He added: “We need to cooperate with NAFDAC officials because they are doing a good job.”
Al-Musa urged government to provide a conducive environment for local industries to enable them compete with their foreign counterparts.
He said people imported goods because of the high cost of locally-manufactured products.
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