The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Zonal Coordinator in the North-Central, Mrs. Josephine Dayilim said NAFDAC has upgraded four test laboratories to international standards to boost the quality of products emanating from Nigeria.
Dayilim spoke at a one-day stakeholders meeting with owners of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on “The Ease Of Doing Business In Nigeria”.
She said that two of the laboratories were located in Yaba and Oshodi in Lagos, while the other two were at Agulu in Anambra, and Kaduna.
“The laboratories have been certified to be among the best in the world after being accredited by United States Pharmacopeil Convention (USP),” she said.
She said that NAFDAC was working toward making MSMEs more viable in view of their vital role as a major non-oil revenue earner, adding that bottlenecks were being addressed to ease registration and operations.
The Coordinator said that NAFDAC had steadily reduced the incidence of counterfeiting of anti-malarial drugs from 40 per cent in 2001 to 16 per cent in 2005, and further down to 6.4 per cent and 3.6 per cent in 2012 and 2015.
Dayilim warned MSMEs owners against the temptation to engage in sharp practises or cut corners to maximise profit.
“You should strive to ensure strict adherence to NAFDAC regulations and guidelines so as to produce quality products and safeguard public health,” she said.
She further advised them to ensure that all drugs, processed food, cosmetics, drinks, medical devices and packaged water were registered with NAFDAC, and warned against tampering with expiry dates.
Dayilim advised breast feeding mothers to shun deceitful adverts or free gifts of baby milk that encourage the use of breast milk substitutes, and urged them to breastfeed their babies as long as they could.
The NAFDAC official advised members of the public to store their crops properly so as to minimise the growth of fungi which could produce mycotoxins.