Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has reiterated that the country is not a dumping ground for chemicals banned by the European Union (EU). The agency reassured Nigerians that it will not compromise its stance on public health and environment.
The reassurance followed claims that, 40 percent of registered brands of pesticides used in Nigeria were either restricted or banned by the EU. These products are claimed to be of high risk and dangerous to the environment, including humans and animals. She further disclosed that there are questionable agrochemicals that are still being produced in the EU and residues are still found in their fruits and vegetables.
During a recent top-management meeting, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye reiterated that, the agency follows the stipulations of the International Organization for Standardization as well the Quality management policy (ISO 9001: 2015)
“The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control dispelled the insinuation that 40 per cent of the registered brands of pesticide products used in Nigeria are either banned or restricted for use by EU, thereby endangering the lives of people, animals, and the environment in Nigeria,” Prof. Adeyeye said.
She went on to reaffirm that there are procedures already in place that can determine whether a certain chemical should be banned or restricted, therefore there are strict measures in place.
“NAFDAC is a signatory to the international convention that banned chemicals and pesticides such as the Rotterdam Convention, an international treaty designed to facilitate informed decision-making by countries with regard to trade in hazardous chemicals and pesticides,” she said, adding that, “Chemicals banned by international convention have been phased out and never entertained for registration or given import permits as raw materials for production.”