The News Agency of Nigeria reports that twenty four exported food products from Nigeria were rejected by the European Union (EU) in 2016 for failing to meet standards.
This report emanated from the disclosure made by the spokesman, National Agency for Food Drug administration Control (NAFDAC), Abubakar Jimoh, in an interview with NAN in Abuja on Monday, June 5.
According to Jimoh, among the 24 rejected products, the major ones were palm oil, sesame seed, groundnut, and beans, which were illegally exported to the EU nations.
The NAFDAC spokesman also gave reasons why the products were rejected noting that groundnut was rejected due to the fact that it contained aflatoxin, which made the quality substandard.
He further stated: “The exported palm oil did not scale through the EU’s test because it also contained a coloring agent that was carcinogenic.
“Beans was banned by the European Union 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.”
Edited by McDike Dimkpa