The body in charge of Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has advised Nigerians to desist from consuming non-iodized salt saying, “it is dangerous to human health.”
The director of NAFDAC Public Affairs recently said this during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
He made the call while responding to the rumor that people in rural areas were consuming local salt which has not been properly processed.
He revealed these unprocessed local salts are being traded in four a state among which was Adamawa. “NAFDAC is making an effort to stop the trading of this salt in these states but some of them have refused.
“With the creation of NAFDAC in 1993, that was the first time and there was still major work to be done on salt consumption.
“We have organized sensitization workshop on universal salt iodinsation.
“We have been educating Nigerians that we should not be consuming this local salt because it is not iodine.
“We began a program in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Funds (UNICEF), Micro Nutrient Initiative, Global Alliance and other development partners on the issue.
“We flag-off a campaign against that and it was held in Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, in 2004 under late Professor Dora Akunyili as the Director-General of the agency.
Speaking further, he said Nigeria was declared iodized salt compliance in Turkey as a result of the hard work put in by NAFDAC.
“Nasarawa is one of the identified four major endemic areas, they have insisted that it is their traditional source of making a livelihood, it is commerce for them.
“They have told NAFDAC as at that time that if they must leave the trade, what they will be trading on must be provided for them,” the director disclosed.
He urged those still trading and consuming non-iodized salt to desist as such action is capable of creating a setback for the country