The Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it is making effort to end the rejection of made in Nigeria food products by the US and European Union, just as the agency called for synergy amongst government agencies to stop this trend
NAFDAC has urged all the regulatory agencies at the port to find a lasting solution by ensuring Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of border rejection by the EU of products originating from Nigeria.
The call is contained in a press statement signed by the agency’s resident media consultant, Mr Olusayo Akintola, in Abuja.
The statement quoted NAFDAC’s Director-General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye as decrying the persistent rejection of food and agricultural commodities from Nigeria by the two entities on account of poor quality.
Adeyeye was speaking on the quality and safety of export food trade at a virtual technical roundtable with government agencies like the Ministry of Agriculture, Foreign Portfolio Investments (FPIS) and the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), among others.
She expressed worry over the bad image the repeated rejection of commodities from Nigeria by the EU had caused the country, noting that the stakeholders meeting was quite suitable at this time.
According to her, the meeting was coming at the right time in view of the volume of food and agricultural commodities from Nigeria that were currently facing challenges at entry points in some European countries and the U.S.