NAFDAC dismisses claims of use of pesticides banned in EU in Nigeria

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria, has dismissed the intimation that 40 percent of the registered brands of pesticide products used in Nigeria are either banned or restricted for use by the European Union (EU), thereby threatening the lives of people, animals, and the environment in Nigeria. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye in a statement said that NAFDAC is an ISO: 900: 2015 Quality Management System (QMS) certified organization that has put in place procedures to enable the Agency to…

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NAFDAC impounds packs of unhealthy cereals in raids

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has confiscated packs of suspected unhealthy cereals worth over N60 million (US$ 145,802) in the course of its ongoing raids across the country. The NAFDAC Director-General Mojisola Adeyeye who disclosed this during a news briefing in Lagos, said the unwholesome products could be dangerous to the health of infants. While advising the public to be more vigilant and to report any suspicious activities relating to fake food items and drugs, she explained that the products in question…

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NAFDAC counsels Nigerians to reduce salt intake, raises alarm over illegal sachet water brands

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has counselled Nigerians to stop the consumption of non-iodized salt, sodium, to prevent health complications. Prof. Christianah Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, gave the advice at the University of Abuja, at a stakeholders meeting on ‘Evaluation Implementation and Scale-up of Nigeria’s National Sodium Reduction Activities. She enlightened that the objectives of the meeting are to present the preliminary findings of the first phase of the project which involves surveys carried out in FCT, Ogun and Kano and…

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NAFDAC shuts down non-compliant water companies in Nigeria

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has closed down 27 water companies over non-compliance with rules and regulations on quality assurance. Speaking at the National Convention of the Association for Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATWAP) in Abuja, the NAFDAC Director-General, Mojisola Adeyeye, said the action was part of the agency’s efforts towards sustaining good hygiene in the packaged water industry. “Between January and August this year, we have shut down 27 packaged water industries that are not compliant, they are under seal,…

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NAFDAC raises alarm over consumption, distribution of recalled infant formulas

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned Nigerians to halt the consumption and distribution of infant formulas manufactured by Able Groupe, a U.S. based company as they are deficient in iron and not at par with other US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements. A statement issued by the NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, disclosed that the agency had received information from the US-FDA on the recall of certain infant Formulas. She said that the recalled products were sold under the…

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NAFDAC warns on consumption of frozen poultry laced with formalin

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has warned Nigerians to shun frozen poultry products and other food items preserved with formalin which is considered carcinogenic. NAFDAC’s spokesman, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that unscrupulous business people had been using formalin to preserve poultry products, chicken and turkey, in particular. He warned that formalin is capable of preserving such products for weeks before they get to consumers. Formalin is a disinfectant widely used in mortuaries to preserve dead bodies…

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NAFDAC brings bakeries operations to a halt for flouting hygiene regulations

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has closed down six bakeries for not adhering to good hygiene. The state Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr. Nasiru Mato, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) disclosed that most of the bakeries did not meet the minimum requirements to operate while others were not registered with the agency. “NAFDAC in Kaduna has embarked on massive surveillance on bakeries in the state as part of efforts to ensure strict compliance to standards. The focus of the…

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NAFDAC cautions bakers on use of potassium bromate to enhance bread

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has cautioned bakers in the country to desist from using potassium bromate to enhance bread properties as it has grave health consequences. Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, the NAFDAC Director General, made the appeal at a sensitization campaign in Agulu, Anambra State. Represented by the Director of Chemical Evaluation and Research, Pharmacist Mrs. Ngozi Onuorah, Prof Adeyeye warned that potassium bromate is a silent killer, hence, should not be used for human consumption. “The use of Potassium bromate…

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NAFDAC urges export traders to ensure registration of products

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has at a one-day South-East Stakeholders’ Sensitization on Registration and Guidelines for Export Trade held in Enugu, counselled export stakeholders to endeavor to seek proper registration of their products to prevent their rejection. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, represented by the Director, South-East Zonal Office of the agency, Mrs. Olajumoke Ojetokun, said that NAFDAC offices are open for free counselling and guidance to help exporters get it right. She admonished exporters to make use of…

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NAFDAC cautions on irresponsible use of chemicals, seizes unlicensed milk

NIGERIA – National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has urged food vendors and market women to desist from using dangerous chemicals as preservatives or catalyst to ripen fruits, saying it constitutes risk to major human organs. Speaking at the flag-off of the agency’s sensitization campaign, the NAFDAC Director General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, who was represented by the Director, Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in the Agency, Mr. Sheriff Olagunju, attributed the increasing rate of kidney diseases and cancer in the country to irresponsible use of drugs…

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