THE Nigerian Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has on Thursday said it has placed a ban on the importation of beans in the country unless screened by the the agency.
The Acting Director General of the Agency, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, said the ban is not for the ones produced in the country, but on the ones that are imported.
She said this in Minna during an Awareness/Sensitisation Workshop on Safe and Responsible use of Regulated Agricultural inputs for Stakeholders in the North Central Zone, adding that only beans screened by the Agency would be allowed into the country.
“We must recall that these banned beans produce that have been banned in the European Union (EU) are those ones that never passed through NAFDAC.
“All the beans that passed through NAFDAC and issued EU certification to, of food and health impart on Nigerians do not get rejected. The ones that have been banned are those ones that never passed through NAFDAC”. She however called on all relevant Agencies to be awake to their responsibilities by working hand in hand with the Agency to actuaize this objective.
“It is not entirely the function of NAFDAC, but the primary assignment of the Quarantine which is under the Ministry of Agriculture to look into beans because it is an Agricultural produce”, she said.
She noted that, ”beans is an agricultural produce, as opposed to a semi or fully processed regulated product under the purview of NAFDAC and such products are food, drugs, medical devices, chemicals, packaged water and detergents. These are the ones that are under our purview.
“But because we have seen that the beans is a raw material into a final product that is regulated by NAFDAC, we are now talking of collaboration with one another so that all relevant stakeholders will join hands towards a common goal of ensuring that only good quality regulated products are available for consumption, for sales, distribution, advertisement, information and importation into the couutry”, she added.