The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has slammed a fine of N1 billion administrative charges on Guinness Nigeria Plc for its failure to adhere to the recommended good manufacturing practice procedures.
The agency, according to its officials in the Enforcement Department had conducted a routine check on the company’s factory in Ikeja, Lagos on November 5, 2015 where shocking revelations were made.
According to the source, the NAFDAC team came back with unsatisfactory appraisals about how some of the materials used in the production processes were being handled.
Further findings revealed that the team that visited Guinness was worried about the manner the raw materials used in the factory were stored.
“The unhygienic storage condition of the raw materials was a major source of worry for the agency,” the source said.
They reportedly found that the raw materials used in their factories were exposed to rodents, and some of the expired products were discovered to have been revalidated.
Following the startling discoveries and a report made by the team to the enforcement team, a letter to the effect was actually conveyed to the firm.
Though NAFDAC was yet to make an official statement on the development, inside sources told our correspondent that the N1 billion mandatory administrative charges may just be the basic action to be undertaken by the agency..
“Our team visited Guinness and the reported findings were true. The agency is, however, going to make a public statement to this effect at the appropriate time, as the management is still studying the reports submitted by the team,” the source said.
However, in its reaction on Thursday, Peter Ndegwa, Managing Director of Guinness said the said raw materials store is not a production facility and that “we are engaging National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for clarifications and resolution of the issues.”