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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Nigeria’s Ministry of Agriculture reaffirms commitment to tackle Aflatoxin menace

NIGERIA – The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has reiterated its commitment to combat aflatoxin menace in Nigeria’s food system, at the Inception Workshop on Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations Technical Support to Aflatoxin Management and Mitigation in Nigeria held in Abuja. The Permanent Secretary (PS) Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Dr Ernest Umakhihe, said the initiative which is being implemented in collaboration with relevant stakeholders would help to achieve proper nutrition and food security for all Nigerians as well…

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Nigeria’s biotech agency roll out outreach program to encourage GM cowpea consumption

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) and the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have launched a nutrition outreach program aimed at increasing consumption and boosting the demand of genetically modified Bt cowpea in the country. The outreach campaign, dubbed ‘Eating is Believing’ further seeks to demonstrate the food safety and nutrition effects of Bt cowpea, Nigeria’s first biotech food crop. It also aims at sensitizing the Nigerian population on this new bean, the pod borer resistant (PBR) cowpea, variety developed to resist the…

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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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SON sensitizes agricultural processors to improve products standards

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has during a sensitization programme organized for agricultural processors and farmers, urged the stakeholders in Kano State to improve the standards of their commodities. The programme was organized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the main regulatory institution of the Nigerian capital market, in collaboration with SON. The Director-General of SON, Malam Farouk Salim said Nigeria was still lagging despite being rich in agriculture, with arable land put at 34 million hectares, which represents 33 per cent of the country’s landmass.…

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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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SON approves new National Industrial Standards to enhance product competitiveness

NIGERIA – The Governing Council of Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has approved 37 new National Industrial Standards (NIS) to enhance product global competitiveness and improve Nigeria’s economy through participation in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). Speaking at a press briefing after the 2-day meeting, Chairman SON Governing Council, Mrs. Evelyn Ngige, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment stated that out of the 37 Standards 3 were reviewed, 8 were newly developed, while 26 were adopted from existing international standards. According to the Chairman, the…

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NIAS considers introduction of regulations to man poultry sector

NIGERIA – The Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) has gathered stakeholders to discuss new standards in the hatchery and breeding sector pushed by the increasing demand for good stocks to produce day old chicks . Poultry is one of the largest subsectors in agriculture. It has created jobs, empowered small farmers and  boosted food security. Faced with the growing demand for eggs and poultry meat, NIAS met with stakeholders in Ibadan to discuss the new standards for operators of hatcheries and producers of day-old chicks. The objective was to…

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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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TransfatfreeNigeria coalition champion for gazetting of trans-fat regulation

NIGERIA – The TransfatfreeNigeria coalition has urged the relevant agencies to expedite action that will lead to the gazetting of the trans-fat regulation, which seeks to help reduce the rising cases of non-communicable diseases and improve food safety in the country. The coalition made the call at a briefing “No More Delay on Transfats Regulation” in Abuja to commemorate the World Food Day. Speaking at the briefing, coalition partner and Executive Director of Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), Akinbode Oluwafemi, said that the role of diet in preventing…

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