The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) in its fight against fake and other regulated products in the country has destroyed products worth N3billion.
The Agency destroyed the products on Wednesday at the Okediya Dumpsite, Sagamu Local government area of Ogun State.
Products destroyed include substandard/expired food, falsified/expired drugs and related products which are seized and handed over by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
Others were products from Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors seized by NAFDAC and Federal Task Force on Counterfeit Drugs and Unwholesome Products, food confiscated by the court and expired drugs voluntarily handed over by compliant companies.
Speaking at the destruction site, Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, said the event was to show that the Agency is serious in its quest against the manufacturing and circulation of fake and expired products in the country.
Oni, who was represented by the Director, Investigation and Enforcement, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor, said that the exercise is a continuous one embarked upon by the Agency as one of its mandates to safeguard the health of Nigerians.
Early this year, the Agency destroyed fake, counterfeit and adulterated drugs worth N9.5billion in Port Harcourt. In March, the Agency destroyed fake, expired and substandard good estimated to have worth N1billion in the Sagamu, Ogun state site. Also in May, the Agency destroy expired goods, cosmetics and drugs worth N109million in Lafia, Nasarawa state.
In the last 3 years, the Agency has destroyed goods and products that is worth to N40billion.
NAFDAC carries out periodic exercise to ensure that fake and substandard products do not get circulated so as to avoid being used.