By Winifred Bulus
Nigeria’s Dangote salt company and National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, have agreed to collaborate to get rid of circulation of fake product in the market.
This was contained in a report released by the National salt industry of Nigeria, NASCON’s response to NAFDAC’s call for food companies to conduct a Product Market Surveillance.
The two managements also intend to censor product in the market to make sure the quality of product was not hampered after leaving factory.
Managing Director of NASCON Allied Industries Plc, Mr. Paul Ferrer and the Dangote Group’s Chief Corporate Communication Officer, Mr. Anthony Chiejina, had paid the Agency Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni a courtesy visit in her office in Lagos.
Dangote salt management revealed that products were resized, repackaged or reduced by some traders, violating the standard set by NAFDAC.
NAFDAC’s director while speaking on the issue said,
“We are solidly behind the food sector, the sector is dear to us. We can do mop-up as we did in juice sector, we will go on random sampling, to ascertain the product quality and the sustenance of the quality.
“The establishment of the PMS unit is the way to go, to actually tackle this menace. The value chain has to be monitored.”
Both managements hope to work together to attain the goal of circulating only products that are legitimate.