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NAFDAC seeks end to EU ban on Nigerian beans




Several months after the European Union (EU) banned dry beans coming into European countries from Nigeria, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday urged the European body to lift the ban.

EU placed a year ban on Nigerian beans last year June after the body said it discovered a high level of pesticide on dry beans coming from Nigeria.

The European Food Safety Authority, an EU agency that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain, had said that the rejected beans were found to contain between 0.03 milligram per kilogramme (mg/kg) to 4.6mg/kg of dichlorvos pesticide, when the acceptable maximum residue limit is 0.01mg/kg.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos during the visit of EU/Dutch Mission to NAFDAC facility in Oshodi, Lagos, NAFDAC Acting Director General, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, stated that she was optimistic that the EU would be magnanimous enough to lift the ban in a few weeks’ time.

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