The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has announced a ban on the sale of Sniper and other brands of agricultural formulations of Dichlorvos, following the high spate of suicide cases associated with the misuse of the products.
NAFDAC in a statement on Wednesday by its Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, said from September 1, 2019, Sniper and other related products would not be sold in supermarkets and in the open markets.
The statement reads in part:
“NAFDAC is giving a two-month (up to August 31, 2019) notice to brand owners/distributors to recall and withdraw their products from open markets and supermarkets that do not have garden corner/shelves to the agro-dealer outlets.
“The sale of Sniper insecticide and other Dichlorvos brands in open markets and supermarkets nationwide is prohibited with effect from September 1, 2019. NAFDAC is giving a six-month moratorium up to January 1, 2020, for brand owners to exhaust the products that are in various accredited agro-input dealers (distributors/marketers/retailers) outlets.”
According to the statement, the agency will come up with a comprehensive list of dealers, distributors, marketers, and retailers of agrochemicals.
All NAFDAC formations are expected to collect the list to ensure continual monitoring of all agro-dealers in their states, the statement stated further.
The agency said CropLife Nigeria, in collaboration with NAFDAC, had agreed to provide antidotes against Dichlorvos poisoning in tertiary and secondary medical centres across Nigeria, as well as the reformulation of all Dichlorvos preparation to include “bitter agents and vomiting induced agents.”
The agency also placed a ban on the importation and manufacture of 100ml pack size of agricultural formulations of Dichlorvos with immediate effect while the hawking of all agrochemical formulations was also prohibited.
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