News reaching us today from The Managing Director, McNichols Consolidated Plc, Mr. Chimaneke Ekpe, has warned Nigerians against using imported sugar, saying it lacks vitamin A as recommended by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
According to Director Ekpe, who stated this during the company’s 10th anniversary, noted that NAFDAC had ensured the fortification of locally made
sugar with vitamin A.
Reason Why Firm Warns Against Imported Sugar
According to his speech, the imported ones are mere carbohydrate, which make them not healthy for consumption.
Ekpe also lamented that despite the ban on
the importation of sugar in retail packs by
the National Sugar Development Council,
the brand still flooded the Nigerian markets.
He stated,”Sugar is an essential source of
carbohydrate but as a manufacturer, we do
advise our customers to take as little as
possible considering the health implications
of excess sugar in the body.
“That is why we are calling for the full
implementation of the Nigerian Sugar
Master Plan, especially the ban on
importation of sugar in retail packs that
lacks vitamin A according to NAFDAC
specification. They also pose health risk.
“Aside the health risk, it is discouraging
local industries and contributing to youth
unemployment in the country.”
Ekpe also advised consumers to take more
brown sugar, saying it has more health
He added, “People prefer taking white sugar
because it is tasty than the brown, even
though the latter is more beneficial to the
“The white sugar is heavier because of
bleaching and processing but the brown is
just the crushed and dried sugar cane. The
latter also has its natural values intact.
However, moderate intake of sugar of any
kind is the best advice.”
The Chairman, McNichols Consolidated Plc.,
Mr. Segun Layode, in his remarks, urged
NAFDAC and other relevant agencies to
intensify their efforts towards protecting
Layode identified importation and unstable
power supply as major challenges facing
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