NAFDAC reiterates the importance of strict regulation of animal feeds, pesticides and veterinary products in food safety and security

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The National Agency for Foods and drugs Administration and control (NAFDAC) has reiterated the importance of strict regulation of veterinary medicines, veterinary vaccines, pesticides and agrochemicals, animal feeds, animal feed additives and feed supplements and their uses in the drive to achieve food safety and food security in the country.

Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, at a virtual meeting with stakeholders in the sector, said the agency is committed and willing to collaborate with all and sundry on all activities that will ensure food security and food safety in the country.

Sayo Akintola, NAFDAC’s Resident Media Consultant in Lagos, in a statement, said Adeyeye stated that the Agency called of all stakeholders to support the efforts of NAFDAC as regulatory activities regarding these products are currently being reviewed.    

“Therefore, it is time for stakeholders to embrace the efforts of the government Agencies towards effective regulations to achieve a giant stride in food safety in Nigeria,” Adeyeye said.

The agency used the stakeholder’s forum to intimate those present of its actions taken in combating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) while it encouraged the participants on the use of effective biosecurity and put in place good hygienic and sanitary practices in the farms. Adeyeye said this will lead to the production of healthy food from animals origin.

“Anti-Microbial Resistant (AMR), residues and other health risks can also be reduced in our agricultural produce to ensure that the food in circulation will not cause harm or illness to consumers while also enhancing international trade,” she said.

The NAFDAC Boss made reference to the additional measures that have been put in place by the agency to strengthen the regulation of veterinary products, pesticides, and animal feeds saying that “these measures are there to ensure “a safer feed for a safer food of animal origin in the country.”

She added that the recent modalities taken to review the packaging and presentation of pesticides and agrochemicals are aimed at achieving their safe and responsible usages. She said that the formulation of veterinary antibiotics has been reviewed and should not contain more than two actives. 

Adeyeye added that risk based GMP assessment of manufacturing facilities, especially the veterinary pharmaceuticals, is introduced to achieve global best practices.

The NAFDAC DG revealed that the emerging trend of events in global food safety has revealed that the safety of food and wellbeing of humans directly and indirectly depend on animal health and the environment.

“This involves a multi-disciplinary approach that should be effectively explored. The Agency is already working and willing to work more with relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) both at Federal and State levels on all activities and processes in the food value chain,” Adeyeye said.

She emphasised on the need for effective self-regulation among members while she sought a strengthened and sustained collaboration with stakeholders toward a more effective regulation and active involvement in regulatory activities.

Adeyeye said NAFDAC will continue to ensure that any food available for consumption in Nigeria is safe, wholesome and of the right quality as entrenched in NAFDAC Act Cap N1 LFN 2004.

She said the agency is ever ready to fulfil this mandate by adding impetus to its regulatory activities through industrial outreach and collaboration with stakeholders and fostering synergy within its technical Directorates to attain a seamless regulatory process.

To this end, this year stakeholders’ engagement was designed to encourage active participation by technical Directorates to adequately address all the grey areas and to achieve a robust interaction.

The stakeholders’ engagement, in a bid to sensitize stakeholders on Veterinary Medicines and Allied Products (VMAP) activities and recent development, place emphasis on the need for compliance to the NAFDAC regulatory requirements, benefits of adherence to global best practices such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Storage Practice (GSP), Good Distribution Practice (GDP) and Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), amongst others, to help prevent contaminations.

Stakeholders that attended the annual engagement with the Agency included the Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN), Nigeria Veterinary Medicines Association (NVMA) and the Association of Nigeria Veterinary and Allied Industries (ANVAI)

Others included the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Commercial Millers, Feed Industry Practitioners Association of Nigeria (FIPAN), Feed Millers selected for HACCP implementation program and Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), the Manufacturers of pesticides and agrochemicals, importers and marketers of pesticides and agrochemicals, NAIDA, Crop Life Nigeria and All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), as well as the importers of veterinary drugs and vaccines and local manufacturers of veterinary drugs.

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