The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned meat and fish vendors against using formalin to preserve produce.
Speaking at the sensitization program on the dangers of using local medicine, Birnin Kebbi, NAFDAC Director General Prof. Christianah Adeyeye said formalin – the chemical used to preserve humans dead in mortuaries – is harmful to humans when consumed. .
Represented by the North West Zone Director, Dauda Gimba, the DG said the sensitization aimed to intensify and widen the reach of informal behavior change strategies and formal communication, to reach vulnerable communities on food security. and pharmaceutical.
The DG said the awareness campaign would contribute significantly to the federal government’s concerted efforts to inform, sensitize, educate and alert the public to the dangers inherent in the consumption and use of these bogus regulated products.
“I am happy to inform you that mass media, dynamic youth and civil society organizations in pilot states will be at the forefront of the campaign,” the NAFDAC boss added.
She expressed the hope that by the end of the campaign, the participants and the target audience would be reliable partners and allies of the agency at the forefront of raising public awareness by spreading the massage to the grassroots. .
“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that diverse communities take ownership of the care and management of their health,” she said.
Chairman of the House of Representatives Health Committee, Dr. Yusuf Sununu, praised NAFDAC for the campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of using falsified medical products and unhealthy foods.
Kebbi State Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Hassan Maigandi assured NAFDAC of the state government’s continued support for campaigns to ensure that genuine medical products and safe food are sold to the people for a healthy society.
The target audience includes traders, road transport workers and employers, community youth organizations and students.