A raid conducted by the prefect of the Boumba-et-Ngoko department (East region) led Wednesday to the seizure of 681 cartons of 30ml sachet whisky in the locality of Yokadouma.
According to comments on this operation broadcast on the news, the authority ordered the destruction of these products, which are banned from sale. He promised to intensify the crackdown. The seizure comes a little over a week after the decision of the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development (Minmidt) prohibiting "the production and marketing of whisky packaged in sachets of less than 50 milliliters". On April 11, the Secretary of State at Minmidt, Fuh Calistus Gentry, sent a letter to the Minister of Commerce Luc Magloire Atangana, asking him to organize "seizure and destruction operations" of these new products sold at CFA50.
"The introduction of this new packaging goes against the government's policy to limit the accessibility of this type of product to the most vulnerable and remains contrary to the commitments made by producers to migrate to bottled packaging," Fuh Calistus Gentry said. Indeed, since 2014, the production and marketing of whisky in plastic bags were prohibited in Cameroon, because of their effects on the health of consumers. The products are made from Methanol, which is a very powerful alcohol. But the government has since been granting producers moratoriums to comply. The new deadline, following the latest extension, is 2026.