Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned the sale and supply of 30 agrochemical products, according to the Nigeria-based Vanguard news service. NAFDAC Director-General, Dora Akunyili, said that the ban became necessary when it was discovered that the pesticides were causing food poisoning that had resulted in multiple deaths after consumers had eaten food crops with high levels the chemicals.
Some of the banned pesticides are aldrin, binapacryl, captafol, chlordane, chlordimeform, DDT, dieldrin, dinoseb, ethylene dichloride, heptaclor, lindane, parathion, phosphamidon, monocroptophos, methamidophos, chlorobenzilate, toxaphene, endrin, merix endosulfan, delta HCH, and ethylene oxide. Following these tragic incidents, NAFDAC said Nigerians should stop using agrochemicals that are not approved by the agency and should desist from the dangerous practice of using Gammallin to harvest fish.
May 19, 2008