NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued a public alert regarding the widespread circulation of counterfeit Ginny non-dairy creamer milk in Nigerian markets. 

This alert, issued on the agency’s official website, highlights that fake products are especially prevalent in the northern regions of Nigeria due to high demand.

NAFDAC’s disclaimer points out several labeling irregularities on the falsified Ginny Creamer, indicating non-compliance with NAFDAC’s pre-packaged food labeling guidelines. 

Key discrepancies include differences in the company of production and distribution, production date, batch number, and country of origin. 

Specifically, the genuine Ginny Creamer is imported by “Satnam Investment Nigeria Ltd, Desiree Plaza 2 Sheraton Road, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos.” In contrast, the counterfeit product is manufactured by “Oki General Trading LLC Dubai (U.A.E).”

The agency also noted that the fake product’s packaging fails to specify whether it is a creamer or a dairy/non-dairy product. The term ‘milky’ used on the packaging suggests the presence of milk ingredients, which contradicts the actual content of the product. 

Additionally, the packaging’s pictorial representation of cows is misleading, as the ingredients do not include any dairy components.

NAFDAC further emphasized that the fake products lack the agency’s registration number, indicating that the product is unregistered and does not comply with regulatory provisions. 

This non-compliance raises concerns about the product’s safety and quality. Another notable ambiguity is the counterfeit packaging’s net weight description of ‘±35g’.

In response to these findings, NAFDAC has directed all zonal directors and state coordinators to conduct surveillance and remove the falsified product from the market. 

The agency also urges the public to report any suspicions of the distribution and sale of counterfeit Ginny Creamer products to the nearest NAFDAC office.

This alert follows a previous incident involving Nestlé products. Media reports alleged that Nestlé adds sugar and honey to its infant milk and cereal products sold in poorer countries, contrary to international guidelines to prevent obesity and chronic diseases. 

In response, NAFDAC assured the public that it maintains strict regulatory standards for infant food products sold in Nigeria.

NAFDAC’s Resident Media Consultant, Sanya Olutayo, reiterated the agency’s commitment to ensuring the safety and quality of infant and young children’s foods distributed in Nigeria. 

The agency registers these products according to relevant Codex Alimentarius international food standards and Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS). 

Olutayo emphasized the importance of adequate nutrition during infancy and early childhood for children’s optimal growth, health, and development.

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