August 22, 2022.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned consumers of some herbal health beverages in Zaria, Kaduna state, that they risk the possibity of major organ failures or outright death.
NAFDAC Director-General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, made the disclosure in Abuja on Friday while admitting that the agency erred in approving a number of the affected products.
Prof Adeyeye, identified a certain herbal intoxicant (bitters), ‘Kurkura’, which she said has been discovered to contain toxic materials that destroy body organs, including liver, kidney and even brain.
According to her, Kukura contains high concentrations of tobacco and Cannabis.
“Kurkura is an illicit product illegally consumed for the sole aim of getting intoxicated. The substance when abused can be harmful to the body organs such as the brain, kidney, and liver. The damage to the kidney and liver cannot be overemphasized.
“This substance can cause irrational thinking, and an altered state of mind, which if taken by a driver can lead to a road traffic accident with the attendant fatality consequences or can lead to criminal behaviours such as rape, kidnapping, and murder,” Adeyeye said.
The DG added that following the discovery, NAFDAC embarked on mop-up operations, during which it discovered a proliferation of such herbal products, including Gagare Man Power, Minister For Man Power, Almenjou For Lazy Men in Bed, Nisan Zango Karfin Maza, Shagalin Ka Man Power, ‘Dakan Jia Man Power enhancement, Wuff Male Sexual Performance and Afafata For Sexual Drive in, particularly Zaria, Kaduna state.
She further revealed that several drugs, including Hyergra 200 (Sildenafil Citrate tablet), Amafranil tablets (Clomipramine tablet 25mg) and Cannon Extra (Paracetamol 500mg+Caffeine 30mg), were used to manufacture a number of other so-called herbal products, despite claims by their manufacturers that they are completely herbal.
“The owner admitted that he dissolves the Hyergra 200, Cannon Extra, and the Amafranil in a drum and mixes the content with boiled Kanafari, Garlic, Dundu, Marke, Hankufa, Sweetener, and Sodium Benzoate to make up the Man Power preparation,” Ms Adeyeye explained.
Adeyeye added that an alcoholic bitters product, Japata Alcoholic, another of the widely circulating products in the state, is laced with marijuana, against its registered ethanol content.
“The product laced with cannabis was said to cause 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.
“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.