Japata Bitters: NAFDAC reveals lab test kills rats, warns Nigerians against consumption

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said the content of Japata Bitters in circulation is more harmful than the one submitted for testing and registration.

NAFDAC revealed this in a statement on Friday, advising Nigerians to be watchful of the products they consume.

This is the second time NAFDAC is raising concerns over Japata Bitters, an alcoholic drink produced by Chigodson International Company Ltd., in four months.

“An alcoholic bitters product that is of grave concern is Japata bitters, which was duly registered by NAFDAC but laced with marijuana or cannabis compared to the registered product that had only ethanol. Through intelligence, NAFDAC was able to shut down the company. This product, when tested in the laboratory, caused the death of the mice within five minutes,” NAFDAC wrote on its website.

“The alcoholic content was doubled compared with the registered product. The retained samples, kept at the point of registration, did not cause any injury to the animals.

“The product laced with cannabis was said to cause an altered state of mind and psychological problems to the user. The owner of the company is on the run and the matter has been shared with NDLEA.”
NAFDAC also listed Five Minutes Power, Gamzaki Tradomedical, Barakallahu, Sabon Karfi, and Haonu Laha herbal mixtures as harmful liquor sold to the public.

Haonu Laha Herbal Mixture is registered with NAFDAC but laced with unapproved substances that are injurious to the body.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party (LP) says it is positioned to take over the country at all levels in the 2023 general elections and provide good governance.

The Chairman of the party in Osun, Mr Olamide Awosunle, stated this on Sunday, August 21, while unveiling the party structure in Ile-Ife zone.

The event was held at Afewonro Park, Enuwa, Ile-Ife.

Awosunle said the Labour Party was committed to the growth and development of the country.

He said the good plans of the party’s Presidential Candidate, Mr Peter Obi, could only materialised if elected in 2023.
Awosunle decried the security and economic challenges facing the country, saying that Labour Party would reverse the ugly trend if given the opportunity.

“It is highly pathetic that Nigerians in their own country, now in a hostage situation and there appears to be no meaningful and reasonable means of escape.

“In a country blessed with everything needed to be great, citizens are groaning under the yoke of insecurity and economic hardships.

“Nigeria and the world should know that Labour Party is the vehicle and Peter Obi is the driver to the actualisation of a new Nigeria,” he said.

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