Nigerian Government Raises Alarm Over Adulterated Foods in Markets: Palm Oil Mixed With Dye Among Offenders | #NwokeukwuMascot


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The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has issued a stark warning to Nigerians about the increasing prevalence of adulterated and contaminated foods in markets across the country. 

On Thursday in Abuja, Adamu Abdullahi, the acting Executive Vice Chairman of the FCCPC, highlighted the severe health risks posed by the unscrupulous practices of some traders. Speaking at a one-day sensitization event for traders, farmers, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the general public, Abdullahi detailed instances of forced ripening of fruits, adulterated palm oil, and contaminated meat and grains.

This initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s "Renewed Hope Agenda," aiming to foster a healthier society. Abdullahi emphasized the FCCPC's authority, granted by its establishing acts, to remove fake and adulterated products from markets, thereby safeguarding consumers. 

“We will go to the markets to sensitize the traders and educate the public and sellers that adulterated, fake products are not allowed in the markets, and if they see any, they have somewhere to report,” Abdullahi stated. He assured that efforts would extend to state markets, grassroots communities, and farms to detect and eliminate hazardous practices.

Femi Stephen of the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare defined adulteration as the addition of substandard substances to food items. He specifically pointed out that palm oil has been found mixed with dye, lard (animal fat from pork), and transformer oil (paraffin), all of which pose significant health risks.

Promise Ogbonna of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) raised concerns about the forceful ripening of fruits using calcium carbide, a substance containing arsenic and phosphorus, both known carcinogens. 

Edozie Ugwu, vice-president (North-Central) of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), lauded the FCCPC for its efforts in raising awareness. Ugwu acknowledged the grave health consequences of food adulteration, noting that many Nigerians have suffered severe health issues, including the loss of vital organs, due to these practices. He pledged that market associations would work closely with the FCCPC and other government agencies to ensure strict enforcement of laws against such practices.

The FCCPC's call to action is a significant step towards ensuring food safety and protecting public health in Nigeria, urging all stakeholders to participate actively in this crucial campaign.


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