The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arrested nine suspects connected with alleged fake wine and beverage manufacturing factories at the Relief Market, Onitsha.
The arrest follows a special raid and enforcement operation of the Federal Government’s ban on imported fruit juices on Wednesday in Onitsha.
NAFDAC’s Head, Investigation and Enforcement, Kingsley Ejiofor, explained that those arrested were involved in the bottling of unwholesome, counterfeit and dangerous drinks.
Ejiofor said that popular brands of beverages like Hennessey, 501, Johnny Walker, Red Label whisky, Best Marula fruit cream, Pure heaven, Amarula, Baron De Vals, Eva and J&W, among others were being faked as the beverages were being produced in unhygienic factories with cockroaches.
Ejiofor said the arrested suspects, five males and four females, would be interrogated and prosecuted while the recovered items, especially the chemicals would be taken to NAFDAC laboratory for analysis.