NAFDAC WARNS AGAINST USE OF SNIPERS, FORMALIN, OTHERS IN FOOD PROCESSING

The Director General, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, has warned Nigerians against using poisonous chemicals like formalin, snipers and others in food processing and preservation. She gave the warning on this week at the flag off of National Public Awareness Campaign held at the Double 4 Event Center, Bauchi during the first phase of the sensitization to be held in eight selected states across the country from August to September, saying that the practice is dangerous to human health and could even lead to death. Adeyeye, who was represented by the Agency’s Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Pharmacist Fori Tatama, revealed that the agency has discovered that many fish and meat sellers use formalin to preserve their products even though formalin is used to preserve dead bodies. She warned that the misuse of chemicals on food products is capable of leading to many serious diseases and death, warning that anyone arrested would face the full wrath of the law. “Sniper is being misused by most Nigerians. Snipers are not supposed to be used to preserve food items. Those in kilishi business, if you keep dry meat, flies will come, so sometimes they put the sniper around the kilishi so that the flies will not come near it.“It is not good because if the sniper mistakenly touches the meat, it will dry with it and somebody will come and but it unknowingly and eat and you know snipers can kill. It is very, dangerous, stop that practice,” she warned.

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