The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians on an unauthorized sugar imported from India and Brazil.
The products identified as Usina Bela Vista S/a Sugar and DCM Shriram Sugar are manufactured by Usina Bela Vista (Grupo Bazan), Brazil and DCM Shriram Ltd, India respectively with each bag weighing 50kg with a shelf life of 24 months.
The products are imported through Cameroun (Douala), Niger, Chad and Benin Republic into the Nigerian border communities of Borno, Adamawa, Lagos, Oyo and Ogun States.
9jayarn report that, NAFDAC has identified more than 200 trucks involved in the distribution of this brand of illegal sugar within border communities and markets across Nigeria.
“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.”
“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.”