The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has recently clamped down on a manufacturing facility which packaged honey under poor hygiene in Abuja, called “Upon the Rock Honey”.
The NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, through a press statement disclosed that the agency was alerted through a video circulated on social media by a customer alleging that the product produced by Upon the Rock Church of God, Durumi, Abuja was adulterated.
She said the NAFDAC’s Federal Capital Territory Office, Pharmacovigilance/Post marketing, Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Directorates immediately swung into action, to investigate the alleged unhygienic honey production.
“Investigations revealed that the company registered ‘Upon the Rock Honey’ with NAFDAC in December 2018 upon assurance that NAFDAC’s quality standards were met through proper testing and inspection.
“But thereafter, the company started producing under poor hygiene. The facility also added some unregistered variants of the product that were never presented to NAFDAC. Some of the products were found to have fake NAFDAC registration numbers printed on them. Several samples of the products have been analysed and the reports showed that many of the products were unsatisfactory and may pose danger to health”, she explained.
In order to prevent such poor hygienic products from posing health challenges to the populace, the NAFDAC has ordered a recall of the products and applied appropriate sanctions on the company while further stringent measures are still being taken to ensure that the company complies with relevant NAFDAC regulations and guidelines if it wants to continue in the business.
She reassured the general public of NAFDAC’s continual efforts in safeguarding the health of the people through regular routine monitoring of production and distribution facilities of all NAFDAC regulated products to ensure that they operate in accordance with the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice, Good Storage Practices and Good Distribution Practices.