The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has raised alarm over the continued violation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes, BMS, and national regulations by manufacturers of BMS products even as the agency warned that violators of the code would be jailed for a period of two years and such companies or individuals forfeit the offending items on conviction.
According to Prof. Christianah Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, the knowledge and lack of awareness of stakeholders including the media, has also contributed to the gravity of violations currently being practice in the country.
Adeyeye said this while speaking at a one-day media workshop on Compliance With the Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitute which was organized by NAFDAC in collaboration with Alive and Thrive/FHI 360, also said it is time for the regulatory agency and relevant partners to aggressively address what she described as an unpleasant situation through including effective sensitization of all stakeholders.
Represented by the Deputy Director, Food System and Applied Nutrition, NAFDAC, Abdulsalam Ozigis, she added that for better Code compliance, it was essential to note that the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes was adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1981, WHA 34.22; 1981.
She said, “Nigeria voted for Code adoption and was, therefore, expected to implement all its provisions in their entirety as a minimum requirement for its implementation through appropriate national measures including legislation. National legislation to implement the Code may, therefore, be stronger but, certainly, not weaker than its provisions. Since the adoption of the Code, and in order to strengthen and further clarify some of its provisions, several subsequent relevant World Health Assembly, WHA resolutions have been adopted to ensure the achievement of the principles and aims of the Code. For the desired compliance with the Code, the original provisions are read in conjunction with the subsequent relevant WHA resolutions.”

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