The President-founder of the Mycotoxicology Society of Mykolayka, Professor Dele Phapohunda, called on the federal government to consider the ban on certain Nigerian products introduced by the European Union (EU).
In June 2015, the EU suspended the use of Nigerian food products such as beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish, meat and peanut chips, including from Europe, until June 2016. However, this ban was extended until June 2019, the country's inability to comply with European food safety standards.
According to the European Food Safety Agency, rejected beans have been found to contain from 0.03 mg per kg to 4.6 mg / kg of dichlorvos pesticide. The permissible maximum residue balance is 0.01 mg / kg. Excess chemical in the product is considered harmful to health.
Fapohunda, who is dean, the School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun, said that the government needs to resolve this issue before the expiration of the deadline set by the EU to correct the anomaly.
His words: "2019 is a great expectation for Nigeria and European countries. The second stage of the ban on exports of dried beans from Nigeria will be considered. Recall that in Nigeria, one year of the ban on the repeated shipment of beans, which were loaded with a pesticide called dichlorvos, was hammered at levels that are more alarming than in the EU and in global limits. Not satisfied with any signs of progress aimed at eliminating the problem of pollution, Nigeria received a second and heavier punishment for three years, which will cease in 2019. "
He urged the Government to take important steps to address the issues raised, as serious gaps remain and urgent action is required.
According to him, there should be a comprehensive system to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements to protect consumers from the dangers associated with food safety.
These include surveillance, education, monitoring and regulation of the use of pesticides in the preparation of exports of the agro-industrial complex.
He noted: "The zero-zero initiative is a commendable effort, but we hope that all the factors that can contribute to the presence of pollutants in agricultural products will be cared for. The storage time and delay at the point of exit, compared to the continued viability of such crops, represent several unregulated factors that may explain the possible failure in achieving the delivery of a useful culture.
Current interventions will be conducted over time, before it becomes clear that Nigeria has fulfilled and is now ready to be trusted with exports.
This will be a disaster if, after all the resources in time, funds and efforts over the past three years, Nigeria continues to be unskilled in relation to a clean health bill. It is to be hoped that, at the time of the revision of the sentence next year, Nigeria will again have the right to participate in international trade in agricultural products, especially dried beans. "
He called on the Government to remain committed to all sectors in order to strengthen the services needed to assist all stakeholders in combating the threat posed by herbicides and pesticides.
Since then, many events involving the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the EU, UNIDO and other partners have come on board to improve the quality of exported crops, all in an attempt to achieve fair intercontinental trade,