Public Alert No. 023/2023 – Alert on Foreign Unauthorised Sugar from Brazil and India
July 4, 2023,
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is notifying the public of the illegal importation of foreign unauthorized sugar manufactured in Brazil and India. The products are imported through Cameroun (Douala), Niger, Chad & Benin Repbulic into the Nigerian border communities of Borno, Adamawa, Lagos, Oyo and Ogun States, etc.
Monthly, an estimated value of 200 trucks have been found to be distributed within the Nigerian markets in communities including Mubi, Gamboru’gala, Saki, Keshi, Badagry, and Idi – Iroko and sold for N32,000 -N 34,000 per bag.
The details of the products are as follows;
|Product name||Usina Bela Vista S/a Sugar||DCM Shriram Sugar|
|Product manufacturer||Usina Bela Vista (Grupo Bazan)
|DCM Shriram Ltd – Sugar Unit|
|Shelf life||24 months||24 months|
|Country of Origin||Brazil||India|
These products are not registered by NAFDAC and non-fortified with Vitamin A, therefore the illegal importation and marketing of the products poses a risk to the health of consumers, as the safety and quality of the products are not guaranteed.
NAFDAC implores importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and consumption of the unregistered regulated products. The products’ authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked.
Anyone in possession of the above-mentioned foreign unregistered sugar brand products is advised to submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office. If you, or someone you know, have consumed this product, or suffered any adverse reaction/event after consumption, you are advised to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional.
Members of the public are encouraged to report any suspicion of distribution and sale of unregistered regulated products to the nearest NAFDAC office, on 0800-162-3322 or via email: email@example.com
Similarly, consumers are also encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the consumption of unregistered regulated products to the nearest NAFDAC office, or through the use of the E-reporting platforms available on the NAFDAC website www.nafdac.gov.ng or via the Med-safety application available for download on android and IOS stores or via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org