The National Agency for Food And Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, says the European Union, EU rejected twenty-four exported food products from Nigeria in 2016 for failing to meet standards.
The NAFDAC spokesperson, Abubakar Jimoh, stated this today in Abuja. According to Mr. Jimoh, the five major products are groundnut, palm oil, sesame seed and beans that were illegally exported to the EU.
He noted that from the information made available to NAFDAC, groundnut was rejected because it contained aflatoxin, which made the quality substandard. He added that the exported palm oil did not scale through the EU’s test because it also contained a colouring agent that was carcinogenic.
He noted that the NAFDAC and other regulatory agencies of the government are working round the clock to ensure that when the ban is lifted, Nigeria can then begin to export more agricultural products to the EU.
He said most of the products that were smuggled out were not certified by the agency and the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services at the ports.