The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has announced it has banned the use of Methyl Bromide as a fumigant in agricultural pest control.
The announcement was made on the agency’s website on Wednesday.
According to the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye, Methyl Bromide is a toxic chemical, making it dangerous to human health.
The agency, therefore, advised the general public. Most especially those dealing in Agric produce to take note of the ban.
Speaking further, Prof Adeyeye sad Methyl Bromide is not supposed to be available in Nigeria as the chemical has been phased out Since 2015.
She said the agency was informed some individuals have been illegally importing the harmful chemical into the country.
She promised these offenders will be severely dealt with by the law when caught.
She urged anyone in possession of the chemical to report to the nearest NAFDAC office.
“Safer alternatives are available. Contact nearest NAFDAC office for advice on safer alternatives
“Anybody in possession of Methyl Bromide should submit it to the nearest NAFDAC office, she said.
Methyl Bromide is readily absorbed through the lungs. Most problems occur as a result of inhalation.
At varying exposure level, it can lead to death depending on the duration of exposure. It is a dangerous cumulative poison.
According to the statement, first symptoms often are due to damage to the nervous system and may be delayed from 48 hours to as long as several months after exposure.
“This delay, combined with methyl bromide’s lack of odor, means that the victim may not realize that exposure is occurring until much time has passed,” it said.