Covid-19 and sachet milk manufacturers

Daniel Ighakpe

SIR: This is a suggestion for producers of sachet milk and other similar products.

During this period of growing infection rate of the Coronavirus, the importance of making products such as sachet milk easier to open by making slits on the top edge/s of the sachet, to prevent people from attempting to open the sachet using their teeth cannot be over emphasised.

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It is all too common for one to open the sachet of milk using the teeth, momentarily forgetting the possibility of getting infected with the Coronavirus.

The milk sachet usually passes through the hands of different people before it gets to the final consumer. When money exchanges hands during the process of selling the milk, the hands are not usually washed beforehand.

Also, it is possible that the retailer might sneeze or cough into his/her hands while handling the milk sachet, or displaying it for sale, and not wash the hands thereafter.

There is also the possibility that even the money that changes hands during sales might have been touched by someone who has coughed or sneezed into his hands, before handing the milk sachet.

And then, one who has bought the sachet to make a cup of tea will, usually absent-mindedly, open the milk sachet with the teeth. This is all too common, especially among children, and even adults too.

Therefore, the manufacturers are advised to make a little cut/slit on the top edges of the milk sachets to make it easier for the consumers to open using their fingers, instead of their teeth.

I have tried of recent to contact the customer care numbers of some of the manufacturers on this to no avail. Indeed, my calls to one customer care line (printed on the sachet) met with an auto response asking me to leave a message, along with my contact details.

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Up till this time of writing, I am yet to receive any form of feedback from them, hence my resort to this medium.

The idea is for the producers and others who manufacture similar products to make the needed changes/improvements to make it easier and safer to open their products, now that the Coronavirus is on rampage.

I hope they consider doing this for the sake of their consumers.

  • Daniel Ighakpe, FESTAC Town, Lagos.

Source: The Nation Online Nigeria

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