…As NAFDAC Decries Rejections
The United States, US, and European Union, EU, on varying occasions, have persistently expressed displeasure over the poor quality of the Made in Nigeria products scheduled for export.
The US, EU’s actions and perceptions of Nigeria’s food and commodities sparked a reaction from the Nigerian government through the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC.
NAFDAC lamented over the outright rejection of Nigeria’s products, adding that the two parties involved have constantly discarded them on the grounds that the commodities do not meet up to required standards.
A statement attributed to NAFDAC’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, noted that she decried the persistent rejection and called on sister-government agencies to halt US/EU dismissal of Made-in-Nigeria products.
The NAFDAC head made the point while speaking on “The Quality and Safety of the Export Food Trade” during a virtual technical roundtable with other government agencies as participants.
The call was made in a statement signed by the agency’s resident media consultant, Mr Olusayo Akintola, and issued to journalists on Sunday in Abuja.
The DG advocated deploying a Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, RASFF approach from all the regulatory agencies at the port to avoid border rejection of our products.
NAFDAC’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, however, admitted that some Nigerian products meant for the export market are faced with certain levels of contamination, including pesticide residues, impurities, among other setbacks superseding the maximum level of expectations at the export borders.
Adeyeye hinted that some compacted products have challenges like inadequate packaging and labelling, which caused many rejections in the global market.
Other participating officials at the live meeting include those from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, and the Foreign Portfolio Investments, FPIS.