Fake drinks in circulation worry govt

* Manufacturers urged to guide consumers on how to identify genuine products

By Nudoiba Ojen

Worried about their preponderance, the Lagos State Government has cautioned against sales and distribution of fake drinks in the state.

The Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Idris Aregbe, said the prevalence of fake drinks posed a significant threat to public health and safety.

This, he said, prompted intensified and coordinated efforts by his office to eradicate these substandard products from circulation.

Aregbe, in a statement issued through his instagram page #idrisconnectingnigeria#, assured the public of a comprehensive effort to eliminate fake drinks from the markets.

He said the state would be collaborating with the Director, Investigation and Enforcement, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr Ononiwu Ezeribe and the Lagos State Safety Commission led by Mr Lanre Mojola.

Aregbe, while reacting to rising concern on counterfeit drinks circulating in clubs and restaurants, warned entertainment venues in the state against sale and distribution of fake drinks.

He said, “We call upon all clubs, restaurants and public places where drinks are sold to exercise due diligence in ensuring they do not purchase or serve fake drinks to unsuspecting consumers”.

The SA warned that any entertainment venue or gathering found serving or selling fake drinks will face immediate closure, with the suspension of their operating license.

He said that stringent measures would be taken to safeguard the well-being of Lagos residents and visitors.

Aregbe disclosed that the ministry was working with other relevant agencies to ensure full compliance with eradicating fake drinks.

The NAFDAC Director, Mojola, hailed the initiative from the SA, describing it ae a furtherance of the Governor’s commitment to the safety of lives.

He said, “We urge drinks manufacturers to take a proactive role in public enlightenment, guiding consumers on how to identify genuine products.

“Proper labelling, packaging, and distribution channels should be emphasised to enhance awareness and ensure the authenticity of beverages,” Mojola said.

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