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NAFDAC @ it Again! Guinness fined N1billion

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It is no longer news that the National Agency for Food Drug and Administration and Control (NAFDAC) sent out its team to conduct a routine check on the premises of a foremost brewing company in Nigeria, Guinness Nigeria Plc., the maker of the regular Stout Beer, Malta, Origin, etc on 5th November, 2015.

The report submitted by the team to their enforcement and regulation unit revealed that the company has not adhered strictly to the recommended Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) procedures. The shocking report showed:
• The unhygienic storage of their raw materials
• The raw materials used in the factories were exposed to rodents
• Re-invalidating of the expired raw materials without approval
• Maintaining poor documentation

NAFDAC subsequently fined Guinness Nigeria Plc an administrative charge of one billion (N1bn) naira with a 2-weeks ultimatum
Issues arising from
• What is NAFDAC trying to achieve with the fine?
• Has NAFDAC quantify the health implications of the usage of revalidated expired raw materials in production of their various products?
• What happen to the expired raw materials that were revalidated without approval?
• Can the final consumers of Stout, Malta, Origin, etc sue Guinness Nigeria Plc for using expired raw material?
• What is the role of Consumer Protection Council (CPC) on the right of consumers?
All these and many other questions are seriously begging for answers by the consumers from NAFDAC, before it is swept under the carpet like that of Chocolate Royale.

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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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