Posted on Tue 6 Jun 2017, 02:02 PM

Nigeria’s Agricultural sector again suffered a great set-back following rejection of about 24 exported agricultural commodities to the European Union (EU).

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Monday said the commodities were exported by Nigerians in 2016 and rejected due to inability to meet required safety standards.

Speaking in Abuja, NAFDAC spokesperson, Abubakar Jimoh added that the groundnut, which was one of the items, was rejected because of excess aflatoxin discovered in the commodity.

According to him, the goods were considered smuggled because they were not certified by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS).

He listed other major products to include palm oil, sesame seed and beans.

His words: “The exported palm oil did not scale through the EU’s test because it also contained a colouring agent that was carcinogenic.

“Beans was banned by EU sometime ago but it was illegally exported to European countries.

“Beans was initially banned for one year, when EU was not satisfied with our exported beans in terms of quality assurance, it extended the ban by another two years, which expires next year.

“NAFDAC and other regulatory agencies of the government are working round the clock to ensure that when the ban is lifted, we can then begin to export more agricultural products to EU.”


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