Food and Drink Toxicity: FG Urged To Pay Close Attention To The Quality Of Foodstuffs Marketed In Nigeria
By Our Reporter
The Federal Government has been urged to enforce the regulations guiding the discharge of cassava-cyanide wastes, agricultural fertilizers and pesticides into water ways and atmospheric air.
In his lecture entitled, “Metabolism Of Cassava Cyande And Jim Jones Cyande In Humans: The Imperative of food safety in the quest for food security” during the 52nd inaugural lecture of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, MOUAU at Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim auditorium, a Professor of Biochemical Toxicology, Prof. Polycarp Nnacheta Okafor also advised the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to rise to its challenges of setting limits for water contaminants that are hazardous to health and also provide guidelines for meeting the mandatory limits of safe water.
Prof. Okafor who recalled the Jim Jones mass murder-suicide using soft drinks laced with Cyande In which 918 died with 304 of them children, urged the the Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC to pay close attention to the quality of foods and drinks marketed in Nigeria to avoid the danger of massacre and other dangers associated with food and drink toxicity.
According to him, the Nigerian Government through the instrumentality of the SON, NAFDAC and Ministry of Water Resources should rise to their challenges of ensuring that, “Our foods, drinks, water and the environment” do not contain toxicants and chemical carcinogens beyond the acceptable limits set by Codex Alimentarius Commission a joint International body of Food and Agricultural Organization, FAO and the World Health Organization, WHO of which Nigeria is a member.
Prof. Okafor strongly recommend that research in cassava should be a priority for the nation and a University of Agriculture like MOUAU because of the economic and nutritional benefits from it.