The European Union, EU has lifted Nigeria’s ban on beans exportation for the next three years after claims of alleged substandard and poisonous beans export.
This was revealed by the Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Yetunde Oni, during a visit to the Senate Health Committee.
Dr. Yetunde Oni said this was made possible because NAFDAC has put in place strategic attempts to improvise locally made products in other to suit both local and international demands.
She said the agency is putting its best as an institution to ensure that all leakages are blocked and also ensuring that next year will be better than this year because they have put a lot of strategies in place.
Oni further pleaded with the health committee to facilitate NAFDAC’s return to the border to carry out their duties in order to ensure that counterfeit products were seized from entering the country.
The NAFDAC boss said that although the agency has a strong relationship with customs and are always invited to perform their roles, she requested that the Ministry of Health grants them access to be at the port as was done in the past. She points out that unwholesome products coming into the country, come through porous active border posts.
Senate Health Committee Chairman, Senator Olanrewaju Tejuosho lamented that products under export ban were negatively affecting the country as income to be generated from exports were meant to boost the financial situation of the country.
Sen. Tejuosho, therefore, urged NAFDAC to ensure that products for exporting meet international standards as this would also increase the inflow of foreign exchange into the country.
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In June 2015, the EU-imposed ban on some agricultural produce, including beans, from Nigeria, on the grounds that they contained a high level of pesticides considered injurious to human health. A year later, the EU extended the ban on dried beans exportation from Nigeria by three years.