The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Wednesday, burst Baban Aisha (a local herbs producer) production factory in Tarfa community, along Kaduna-Abuja road.
NAFDAC investigation and enforcement unit which carried out the operation along with its Kaduna state office, stated that the operation followed a complaint they received about the production factory.
Mr Umar Sulaiman, team leader (Federal Task Force), Investigative and Enforcement, NAFDAC, said the operation was a normal routine work of the agency to safeguard the health of the nation.
According to him, “we went into action after investigations, and had the factory raided. The factory is called Sacramultilink Ltd., owned by Dr Salisu Sani, Nawagini Baban Aisha, who sells herbal medicine.
“We are all here for one purpose and that is to safeguard the health of the nation. Upon our arrival here, we found a lot of violations of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), production of herbal medicine with expired licence.
“We also witnessed an illegal production of some of the products which have not been registered with NAFDAC, along with poor hygiene practices and that is why we took this step.
“We are going to seal this place and arrest any responsible officer here. This facility was registered, but for only one product. A NAFDAC registration number was issued to the man and since then we have not seen him again.
“He had gone ahead to produce other products, placing the same approved number for a particular product on other products. This is not right, it is not in best practices,” Sulaiman said.
He disclosed that officials from the state office also come for inspection, and that anytime they come, they will give directives to the factory and it will comply, but after some time, the factory will go back to its normal sharp practices.
Sulaiman stated that the renovation going on at the factory may have been due to a viral video making the rounds, compiled by one investigative journalist, claiming that Baban Aisha was producing substandard local herbs.