The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), has warned operators in the agro-allied industry, against the use of Sniper and other brands of “Dichlorvos” (DDVP) as food preservatives.
Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, who gave the warning, said the abuse and misapplication of sniper and other brands of Dichlorvos by the general public, especially grain merchants, beans aggregators and dried fish sellers, pose grave danger including wdeath.
Adeyeye said the use of dangerous and toxic agrochemicals in the preservation of foodstuffs could lead to adverse health problems, with symptoms such as weakness, headache, and tightness in chest, blurred vision, salivation.
They also include palpitation, sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, eye and skin irritation, eye pain, lack of appetite, dizziness, convulsions, low blood pressure and possibly death.
To checkmate this ugly trend, the agency has initiated regulatory measures, including the immediate ban of the importation and manufacture of sniper and other Dichlorvos in 100ml pack size only, which, according to her, ‘was found to be readily available in unauthorised places.’
The agency also banned the hawking and prohibited sale of crop protection products in the open market and supermarkets across the country.
Prof. Adeyeye said the agency had also flagged off massive sensitisation workshops in collaboration with relevant stakeholders on safe use of Crop Protection Products on agricultural commodity storage, conducted for farmers, grain marketers and aggregators in seven locations across the country.
“NAFDAC, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, organised two sensitisation workshops for agro-input dealers on safe and responsible use of Crop Protection Products in Kano and Oyo states prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.
“However, this will be extended to the other parts of the country when the condition is more favourable,” she said.