Blog entry by Chiamaka Nnake
In 2015, the European Food Safety Authority banned the importation of some agricultural produce into Europe from Nigeria, due to the high composition of harmful chemicals for storage. The Agricultural produces on the list were beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish and meat, peanut chips, and palm oil.
The agricultural outputs contained chemicals between 0.03mg per kilogram to 4.6mg/kg, while the global standard for preservation was 0.01mg/kg. The agency warned that the high content of pesticides is harmful to human health and could be life threatening.
This raises concerns about the quality of food consumed in Nigeria and the significant health hazard Nigerians are exposed to. This also reveals that we do not have any detailed process for ascertaining the toxicity of food consumed within the economy.
We attribute this to the higher incidences of terminal illnesses that have suddenly become prevalent in the country.