Until the inquiry is finished, the House of Representatives Committee on the National Agency on Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has voted to relax the temporary restriction on the sale of spirits and alcoholic beverages in sachets and pet bottles.

Regina Akume, the chairperson of the House Committee on NAFDAC, made this pronouncement in Abuja on Friday after last week’s public hearing on the items’ suspension.

In order to prevent minors and young adults from having access to and consuming alcoholic beverages marketed in sachets and pet bottles, she underlined the significance of adhering to the correct processes before enforcing a ban.

Adeyeye stated, “We agreed to a five-year moratorium for the manufacturers to phase out alcoholic drinks in sachets and pet bottles in December 2018 because we tried to protect the market.”

She went on to say that a ministerial directive was used to make the decision rather than just NAFDAC and that the five-year term has now passed.

Adeyeye acknowledged that although there was an agreement to outlaw alcohol in sachets and pet bottles, she was surprised by the manufacturers’ effort.

She underlined how many issues could have been handled sooner and made it clear that the organization is not against the production of alcoholic beverages; rather, it is against their packaging in pet bottles and sachets, which keeps them out of the hands of young children.

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