National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has sounded another note of warning to farmers engaged in animal husbandry that the use of substandard and unapproved feedstuff in animal feeds is illegal and unhealthy for human consumption.
Acting Director-General of the agency, Mrs Yetunde Onim gave this warning at a one-day workshop organised by Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate of NAFDAC for farmers in the North- Central Zone to educate them on safe and responsible use of veterinary medicines, pesticides and animal feeds.
In a press release sent to Nigerian Pilot, yesterday, the acting director-general told participants at the one-day event that the use of substandard and unapproved feedstuff in animal feeds is not only illegal, but also impacts negatively on the health of consumers.
“Animals that are carelessly fed with unwholesome feeds will not only suffer malnutrition, poor health and poor production, but will also pass the residue to humans.”
She noted that the production of food with increasing concern over methods of modern agriculture deserves special attention in respect of ‘farm to fork’ concept in order to meet the demand for food.
She assured the public that NAFDAC in collaboration with relevant stakeholders are working assiduously to effectively monitor the various steps involved in the food production chain to ensure the circulation of safe and wholesome foods to meet the nutritional needs of Nigerians.
The agency’s Director of Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products, Dr. Bukar Usman, explained that the workshop was aimed at increasing awareness on the judicious and appropriate use of veterinary medicines and allied products.
Usman disapproved the unethical use of pesticides in crop production which he identified as the reason for high residue in the food value chain and the temporary ban on export of some food commodities to Europe.
The workshop which was held in Minna, Niger State, drew participants from Niger, Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Nassarawa and Kwara States.

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