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5 Jun 2017

EU Rejected 24 Nigeria Exported Products In 2016 - NAFDAC Reports

The National Agency for Food And Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says
European Union (EU) rejected 24 exported food products from Nigeria in 2016 for failing to meet standards.
The NAFDAC spokesperson, Dr Abubakar Jimoh made the disclosure while speaking
with the Newsmen on Monday in Abuja.
According to Jimoh, the five major products are groundnut, palm oil, sesame seed and
beans that were illegally exported to the EU.
He noted that from the information made available to NAFDAC, groundnut was
rejected because it contained aflatoxin, which made the quality substandard.
“The exported palm oil did not scale through the EU’s test because it also
contained a coloring agent that was carcinogenic.
“Beans was banned by EU sometime ago but it was illegally exported to European countries.
“Beans was initially banned for one year, when EU was not satisfied with our exported beans in terms of quality assurance, it extended the
ban by another two years, which
expires next year.
“NAFDAC and other regulatory
agencies of the government are
working round the clock to ensure that when the ban is lifted, we can then begin to export more agricultural
products to EU,” Jimoh, who is also the NAFDAC Director Special Duties, said.
He said most of the products that were smuggled out were not certified by the
agency and the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services at the ports.

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