The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday destroyed stockfish worth N20 million in Aba, Abia. This was disclosed by the agency’s Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer, Mr Emeka Onwuasoanya, at the Aba Special Zone.
According to Onwuasoanya, the stockfish was mopped up from two containers. He said the 500 bags of stockfish were discovered to be spoilt following their exposure to rain while in transit. The inspection which led to the operation was done with the cooperation of the importer, he added, saying that the loss would have been avoided but for some lapses.
The NAFDAC boss however commended the importer for giving the agency the required support during the inspection. In his words, “It is true the company lost huge sum of money, but the destruction was inevitable to avoid being consumed by unsuspecting buyers,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Emmanuela Okorie, the Managing Director of KC Nnodim and Sons Ltd., the importer of the goods, said the stockfish, imported from Norway, got bad through leakage of containers while on the sea. According to her, “We imported the goods from Norway and during off-loading, we discovered that most of them were damaged,’’ she said. She said the problem was normal in such business, but the loss in the present transaction was enormous.
Okorie pointed out that she lost 90 per cent of the goods with the money borrowed from banks, adding that there was no insurance cover to recover the amount. She said most insurance companies shied away from the business because of the carelessness of shipping companies. “I really felt bad, particularly in this very one, where I lost 90 per cent of the goods to water leakages,’’ she said.