From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control( NAFDAC) Kebbi State office, has has warned traders, marketers in the state to keep away expired goods from their stores and renew their licences.

The state coordinator, Alhaji Muyideen Folorunsho Sulaiman stated this in Birnin Kebbi, during stakeholders meeting with the leadership of traders from the 21 local governments in the state.

The meeting also included Table and Sachet water manufacturers, Small Scale and Medium Enterprise (MSME)which was designed to sensitive them on the need for them to educate their members to register with the agency, desist from buying and selling of expired and unregistered products in Kebbi markets.

While addressing them at the NAFDAC office,Birnin Kebbi, Suleiman warned those market leaders who usually shielding offenders to desist from such action.

According to him, “doing this is a criminal act which attracts penalty. Sometimes they unleash armed thugs to disrupt our operations in the market.

“We have discovered that the traders are in the habit of re-bagging of expired products to evade their lost which constitutes serious health hazards to the unsuspecting members of the public. Therefore, the agency is there to protect consumers by not allowing such unsavoury acts to continue “, he said.

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Speaking on the warehouse operations, Suleiman noted that some products can’t withstand excessive heat , keeping them for a long time in such ware jeopardise their originality.

‘As such every warehouse must be adequately ventilated for the safety of the products and the consumers. So if exposed to heat they lose the fortifications and even become toxic and causes diseases like cancer, liver and heart problems.

“Every warehouse owner must register their stores so that our officers will properly inspected the facilities and certified them to be safe for storage , otherwise they will get them seal”, he said.

While lamenting the sharp practices of Small Scale and Medium Enterprises, Suleiman urged them to always notify the agency of their relocation to new sites before they continue production, stressed that such action could incur the wrath of the agency.

He charged them to use the window period opened for SMSEs to register their products to avoid unnecessarily penalties for late licence renewal, from January to March, 2024.

Other officers who spoke at the forum were Mr. Benjamin Kusuma, Mallam Salihu Hussaini Auta, Ahmad Aliyu Aji, highlighting the dangers of expired products, usage of dangerous items such as saccharine as sweetener, bromide for ripening, viagra and other sex enhancing drugs, (Kayan Mata), as well as chemical spray on grains for longevity, which were dangerous to health.