The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians against the consumption of vegetable oil and drugs that are injurious to health.
The Director General of the agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, gave the warning in Ilorin, when she flagged off sensitization campaign in the North Central zone.
Professor Adeyeye who carried the message to major markets and roads in Ilorin metropolis, said the aim was to protect them from negative effects of unwholesome food, fake medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor water and other substandard regulated products.
The NAFDAC boss observed with concern that some market men and women, in the attempt to make profit, mixed palm oil with “Azo dye” which is capable of causing cancer.
She warned that any vegetable oil that ‘sleeps’ in that market, is a potential killer because NAFDAC will never license any vegetable oil with that characteristic.
She further notified the people that those unscrupulous elements also use sniper on meat, fish and beans to prevent flies from perching and eradicate weevils, adding that such products are dangerous when consumed.
According to her, the vegetable oil that has been transported with kerosene tanker is hazardous and using potassium bromide to bake bread kills slowly.
She also warned that consumption of excessive oil and use of formalin on food has its associated health hazards.
Represented at the event by the Director, North Central of the agency, Mrs. Bolaji Abayomi, Adeyeye warned on dangers of buying medicines from hawkers, and recommended only licensed pharmacies and medicine stores.
She said the campaign intends to address public health challenges such as abuse of Codeine and self-medication, especially among youths.