ByÂ Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC,Â in Enugu yesterday sealed off shops of five companies suspected to be exhibiting adulterated products at the on-going 21st Enugu International Trade Fair.
Officials of NAFDAC apparently acting on a tip-off, swooped on the exhibitors at the Permanent Trade Fair complex along Enugu- Onitsha Expressway, yesterday and sealed off their shops for allegedly marketing products that have no NAFDAC numbers on them.
An eye witness said that there was no resistance whatsoever from the shop owners while the exercise lasted, rather they complained that they were duly registered with NAFDAC but could not come to the fair with their documents.
An official of NAFDAC, who pleaded anonymity confirmed that some shops were closed, while some were sealed on temporary basis, pending outcome of their investigations.
He said,Â â€œI can confirm to you that we sealed off some shops because there is no proof that their products are genuine. A quality product is usually registered with NAFDAC and when you look at the pack, you will find address of the factory, batch numbers, production and expiry dates.
â€œBut these ones we sealed off their shops had only the name of the products. In fact, by mere looking, you donâ€™t need anybody to tell you that the products are not good enough,â€ the officer said.
According to him, the NAFDAC officials are still moving round the stands to check the quality of other products, adding that they would be thorough in ensuring that fake products were not brought into the city.
Reacting, Director General of Enugu Chambers of Commerce, ECCIMA, Mr. Emeka Okereke said the development was a good one, addingÂ that the fair would give regulatory bodies opportunity to ascertain the quality of products displayed at the fair.
â€œIt is a welcome development. Trade fair arena is not supposed to be a dumping ground where low quality products are sold. NAFDAC officials are doing their work and they have my full support. However, I am waiting for detailed information on the situation,â€ Okereke said.