ABUJA—Over 8,679 water-producing factories in the country are yet to be registered and certified by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC.
Director-General of the agency, Dr. Paul Orhii, who disclosed this at a one-day sensitisation workshop for packaged water producers in Abuja, yesterday, said the agency has concluded plans to carry out a re-certification of all packaged water factories, irrespective of registration status.
Dr. Orhii explained that the exercise was necessary for the purpose of capturing biometric data of all clients and stakeholders of products regulated by NAFDAC as a means of building strong data base to ease regulation.
He said: “NAFDAC has measures in place to ensure the quality of packaged water through the process of good manufacturing practice inspection, laboratory analysis and finally, registration of the product.
“In essence, before a product is approved for registration, it must have satisfied a number of conditions for quality and wholesomeness, which must be maintained throughout the shelf-life.
“Sanctions have been applied to all identified cases, including prosecution.”
Director, Establishment Inspection, Mrs Hauwa Keri, said NAFDAC was determined to ensure availability of safe-drinking water to check water borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and other life-threatening conditions.