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Stop using ‘sniper’ to preserve beans – FG warns

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By Olisemeka Obeche
The federal government has expressed displea­sure at the use of 2,2-di­chlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (DDVP compound), popularly known as ‘’ to by retailers, stressing that use of food preservation was unhealthy.
The minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, told newsmen in Otukpo, Benue state on yester­day that the practice was detri­mental to human health and the environment.

is very dangerous. People also use carbide to ripen bananas and some other fruits. People do all kinds of things. Suddenly, people are developing different diseases, something is wrong,’’ he said.

The minister who appealed to foodstuff and fruit sellers and others Nigerians to adopt natural means of preservation, stressed that the ministry would collab­orate with the National Orien­tation Agency to create more awareness on the need for citi­zens not to use food preservation .

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Hear him: “We appeal that they use natural means such as pepper to prevent weevils in instead of sniper. We hear this and we send people to warn them but the ministry cannot catch everybody. We are going to use the National Orientation Agency and state ministries of agriculture to create awareness on the need for people to desist from these acts. We just have to keep educating people,” he said.

The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Con­trol (NAFDAC) has also warned citizens against eating and buy­ing foodstuffs and fruits pre­served or ripened with chemi­cals. NAFDAC also advised that sale of grains or suspected to be preserved with chemicals be reported to the agency.
The Consumer Protection Council (CPC), last Friday, is­sued a public statement urging consumers to extensively parboil beans before consumption as a precautionary measure for such hazardous preservation methods.
CPC’s director general, Mr. Babatunde Irukera, who signed the statement, also urged con­sumers to make sufficient enqui­ries before buying beans as well as wash them thoroughly before cooking. Thorough washing of food items before consumption or preparation for consumption is a generally accepted meth­od of protecting and promoting safety”, it stressed.
According to Irukera, sniper is potentially injurious when hu­man beings are unduly exposed to it by inhalation, absorption, direct skin contact or ingestion.

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