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Pesticides in Nigerian food, EU alert system bans import

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Staff writer ▼ | September 3, 2015
Pesticide
Food safety   Excessive levels of chemical contaminants

The European Union’s Rapid Alert System for food says it has detected excessive levels of chemical contaminants in Nigerian food exports.

These include beans, melon seeds, sweet potatoes, cashew kernels, dried fish and meat, peanut chips, nutmeg, soft drinks and sesame seeds.

The discovery prompted the EU to ban the import of these foods until the pesticide level reaches a “safe” limit of 01. mg per kilogram. The ban stays in effect until June 2016.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned against the consumption of imported or smuggled frozen poultry meat, as it has been discovered to be a cause of non-communicable diseases and antibiotics resistance.


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