National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has said in its effort to ensure that the quality of packaged water is sustained; the agency had carried out water sample in 21 States of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
NAFDAC Director-General, Dr. Paul Orhii who made this disclosure yesterday in his office said, considering the vital role water plays in the physiological and metabolic functions of the body, the agency is committed towards ensuring access of Nigerians to hygienic and safe packaged water. Nigerian Pilot gathered that the annual packaged water monitoring exercise was launched last year to ensure that existing packaged water producers comply strictly with Good Manufacturing Practice, GMP, without compromising quality and safety of consumers. “This monitoring exercise is a robust response conceived to add value to the quality system of the sector by the use of mobile laboratory modern equipment for onsite physical, chemical and microbiological test analysis,” said Orhii
In his presentation, Principal Consultant, Emam Global Network Ltd, Mr. Emmanuel Osiegbu said water samples in the affected factories were then retested and found to comply with accepted levels of the quality of packaged water. Osiegbu revealed that the parameter found in the water such as Lead, Nitrate/Nitrite, E.coli/Coliform, Arsenic, Pseudomonas, Alkalinities and Cadmium have serious health implications and often result to death.
Meanwhile, NAFDAC the boss has warned that the agency will close down any erring factory. He also advised that community, commercial and private borehole water owners should subject their borehole water to quality status profile analysis.

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