Vanguard (Lagos)

27 June 2011

Nigeria: Nafdac Dismisses Anxiety Over Dew Water

Lagos — National Agency for Food Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has dismissed a text message being circulated by some dubious persons or group alerting the public of an alleged importation of killer dew water into the country, saying "the text message is false and mischievous."

In a statement, the Agency explained that there was no poisonous dew water in circulation in the country.

According to the statement, investigations by NAFDAC in several hospitals across the nation showed that there was no incident of hospitalisation or death arising from consumption of dew water or any other brand of water.

It reminded Nigerians that "the importation of packaged water which was banned by the Federal Government is still on the Import Prohibition List."

The statement said; "Available records show that Dew water was registered since 2005 by a Lagos- based producer and another sound - alike, Dewluk table water produced in Abuja is duly registered by NAFDAC."

NAFDAC advised the public to disregard what it described as "malicious and misleading text messages and report to the nearest NAFDAC office any suspected case for appropriate action."

It will be recalled that the said text message claimed that Dew water had claimed 180 lives in one of the East African countries from where it was imported and also led to the hospitalisation of many Nigerians.

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