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NAFDAC is intensifying enforcement efforts to implement the ban on the production and sale of alcoholic beverages in sachets and small-volume containers of 200ml and below. This decision, based on recommendations from various stakeholders, aims to protect vulnerable populations, particularly children and drivers, from the harmful effects of alcohol consumption.
Effective January 31 2024, there are no alcoholic beverages in these categories registered by NAFDAC. Manufacturers were given a transition period to phase out existing stock, which has now ended. Starting February 1, 2024, nationwide enforcement actions have been initiated, targeting both producers and distributors found in violation of the ban.
NAFDAC warns of strict consequences for non-compliance, including potential prosecution. The Agency urges holders of banned alcoholic beverages and associated packaging materials to surrender them for destruction to prevent legal action. This move underscores NAFDAC’s commitment to public health and the regulation of alcohol consumption, especially among vulnerable segments of the Nigerian population.
To me the intention of this NAFDAC decision is fantastic but in reality with Nigeria context it is defective.
Do you support outright ban of sale of alcohol in public places first and vigorously enforce it?
Do you support the suggestion that all alcohol should be sold only in bars and hotels whom shall obtain permit or license from NAFDAC for such?
Some have argued that  these Sachet acholic drinks which have become a source of inspiration to low esteem individuals of pushing forward for survival should not be banned.
Do you agree with this?
So, what are your thoughts?
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Rasaq Oke

Rasaq Oke hold a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Honours degree in Food Science & Technology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. He is a seasoned Food Technologist and Agribusiness expert with wide and rich industry experience that cut across reputable organization like Guinness Plc, Crown Cork and Seal, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (now Neimeth Pharmaceuticals), Livestock Feeds Plc. and Tantalizers Plc. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FOODDOTCOMACADEMY SERVICES, Managing Consultant with RESPITALITY CARE COMPANY (RCC), and Publisher/ CEO of FOODPRENEURS PUBLISHING COMPANY, the publisher of FOODPRENEURNEWS, a print and online food magazine ( Mr. Oke is an accomplished food entrepreneur, consultant, administrator, instructor, and facilitator. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and the Head,-Editorial Board of the NIFST Food Forum Magazine; An Executive Member of the Nigeria Association of Agricultural Journalist (NAAJ). He is an Full Member and Secretary of the Membership, Certification and Education Committee of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD). He a a Media and Communication Consultant to the Lagos State Fadama Coordination Office (SFCO) and the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) in addition to being a Technical Partner to the Lagos State Consumer Protection Authority (LASCOPA). He is married with children and loves playing table tennis as well as travelling.

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