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Nigerian Agency To Establish Mobile Laboratories To Check Agric Products

Posted by: Bloomber Market Posted date : November 6, 2015 In : Product & Market News

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that it will establish mobile laboratories in various parts of the country to check the movement of contaminated agricultural products.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, told the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, who called on him in Abuja that the distribution and sale of contaminated food items had become a major threat to health and the country’s economy and as such there was need for proper monitoring.

He said that the organisation decided to establish the laboratories, following deadline given by the European Union (EU) for the establishment of a risk management system to monitor contaminated food export.
“The European Union has given us a deadline of June 16 next year for us to have a risk management system in place for the reduction of these contaminants in the food export.

“Imagine that what is being rejected at the international market is what we eat here and we are also worried of the increased level of cancers, kidney failures and different diseases in this country.

“We have taken on that job to ensure we deploy mobile laboratories that will go from farm to farm, market to market, so that we can identify at what point the contaminants get into this products.

“Once we identify it, we will conduct public awareness workshops for the people who are growing these foods and exporting them,” Orhii said.

He urged the customs service to ensure that food products were properly tested before leaving the shores of the country to avoid being rejected at the international market.

In his remarks, the customs boss said that the purpose of the visit was to strategise with NAFDAC on how the war on fake and counterfeit products would be won.

He advocated for a forum to be created where NAFDAC would collaborate with law enforcement agencies, including customs on issues of counterfeiting.