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NAFDAC alerts public to fake non-dairy creamer in circulation

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued a public alert on the illegal distribution of falsified Ginny Non-Diary Creamer Products.

The product is widely distributed and sold across the country, particularly in northern Nigeria due to its high demand.

Non-dairy creamer is a concoction of many food additives known as coffee creamer or whitener. It is used in food as a substitute for milk powder or to lessen the amount of milk in beverages, including coffee, tea, oatmeal, hot chocolate, and baked goods.

NAFDAC explained that the falsified brands of Ginny Non-dairy Creamer have been observed to be with several labelling irregularities indicating non-compliance with NAFDAC’s Pre-Packaged Food Labelling Guidelines.

As observed, in the falsified batch, it is not clearly stated whether the product is Diary or Non-dairy; the term ‘Milky’ is indicative of milk ingredients which is contradictory to the actual product content; there are images of Cows which is also misleading as the ingredients do not include a diary.

Furthermore, NAFDAC observed the absence of a registration number, and a net weight indicated as ‘±35g’, which is ambiguous.

Consequently, the agency has directed all its zonal directors and state coordinators to carry out surveillance and mop up the falsified product within the zones and states.

“Distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers are advised to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the distribution, supply, sale, and consumption of the falsified versions of Ginny Creamer Products. All packaged food products must be obtained from authorized/licensed suppliers. The products’ authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked.

“Consumers are advised to report any suspicion of sale of substandard and falsified packaged food, medicines or medical devices, cosmetics, and other regulated products to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC on 0800-162-3322 or via email: sf.alert@nafdac.gov.ng” the agency stated.

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