The management of Dangote Salt and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have expressed readiness to collaborate in a bid to rid the food market of unwholesome practices by unscrupulous traders.
The two managements resolved to work closely together to monitor the quality of products being delivered to the markets after ascertaining that the right quality of products are taken out of the factory.
The management of NASCON Allied Industrieds Plc led by the Managing Director, Mr. Paul Ferrer, and the Dangote Group’s Chief Corporate Communication Officer, Mr. Anthony Chiejina, had earlier paid NAFDAC’s Acting Director-General, Mrs Yetunde Oni, a courtesy visit in her office in Lagos.
During the visit, Ferrer expressed satisfaction at the efforts of the Agency to sanitise the food market by getting rid of fake and substandard products and turning the heat on the perpetrators.
He asserted that he observed an infringement on the directives of the Agency on the packaging of industrial salts by some undesirable elements, stressing that this was contrary to the directives of NAFDAC.
It would be recalled NAFDAC had earlier directed that industrial salt should only be packaged in 50kg.
But he stated that his organisation have observed the existence of industrial salt in small sizes of 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, and 20kg.
He noted that someone somewhere has been repackaging the 50kg size to smaller sizes and supplying to the markets, a development which he said is dangerous as people may be misled to buying the industrial salt in place of the table salt which comes in smaller sizes.
The Dangote salt boss has therefore enjoined NAFDAC to help see to the development as unsuspecting consumers might not know the difference between the iodised table salt and the industrial salt
In her response, Oni thanked the NASCON management for the confidence reposed in her Agency, adding that the observation was one of the many infringements the agency has been battling with, and would not relent in the fight against every infringement so as to ensure that people have access to right quality product always.
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