Naija Foodie Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (STAKEHOLDERS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER FAKE PRODUCTS IN NIGERIAN MARKET)

Stakeholders in the Nigerian retail business have expressed concern
over the flooding of the market with fake products.

At a one-day seminar entitled “Building Capacity to Create and Sustain Superior Performance in the
Retail Business in Nigeria” organized by
the United States Consulate General in Lagos, the stakeholders lamented that the ‘flow’ of fake products in the market has adversely
affected the sale of genuine products.

They urged the National Agency
for Food and Drug
Administration and
Control (NAFDAC) to urgently take action to check the development.
They listed counterfeit products,
the lengthy time it takes NAFDAC to
register products and expired products as some of the constraints facing them.

In her remarks, the Deputy Director of NAFDAC, Mrs Esther M.
Amuta explained that several agencies
are involved in the process of registration of products though
NAFDAC has the statutory mission in
taking care of retail food business.
She said NAFDAC has put in place regulatory policies to monitor every product manufactured in the
country or imported from abroad.

She observed that stakeholders in the
retail business are facing problem
of registration because often they submit incomplete
documents. “If the documents are incomplete, the documentation process will be
delayed, She said. She stressed that NAFDAC does not manipulate
the process of registration, adding
that if documents were complete and
properly submitted, there would be no delay in documentation.

Commenting, the Head of Food
Department, Standard
Organisation of
Nigeria (SON), Mrs Margret Esheitt noted that retail food business in Nigeria lacks the proper
techniques of product
packaging. “Every
manufacturing company should
ensure that appropriate
materials are
used to package their products,” she advised.

Earlier, United States Department of Agriculture’s Regional
Agricultural Counselor, Kurth
Seifarth had told participants that the objective of the seminar is to create and sustain superior
performance in the retail business in Nigeria and also to
make sure they have the latest information to do the job well.

Seifarth said this would enable
stakeholders to participate properly
in the importation and exportation of goods in addition
to maintaining
good relations between the U.S.
and Nigerian markets.

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