- Suicide rates force NAFDAC to ban sniper.
- Says hawking of all agrochemical formulations was also prohibited.
Following rampant suicide cases, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned the sale of Sniper and other brands of agricultural formulations of Dichlorvos due to misuse of the products.
This was revealed in a statement released by the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye on Wednesday.
According to the NAFDAC boss, from September 1, 2019, Sniper and other related products would not be sold in supermarkets and in the open markets, saying said such products should only be used for outdoor purposes and not private homes.
“NAFDAC is giving a two-month (up to August 31, 2019) notice to brand owners/distributors to recall and withdraw their products from open markets and supermarkets that do not have garden corner/shelves to the agro dealer outlets.
“The sale of Sniper insecticide and other Dichlorvos brands in open markets and supermarkets nationwide is prohibited with effect from September 1, 2019. NAFDAC is giving a six-month moratorium up to January 1, 2020 for brand owners to exhaust the products that are in various accredited agro-input dealers (distributors/marketers/retailers) outlets.”
The agency also directed that dealers, distributors, marketers and retailers of agrochemicals must be listed.
She also directed that All NAFDAC collect the list to ensure continual monitoring of all agro-dealers in their states.
CropLife Nigeria is collaborating with NAFDAC, to provide antidotes against Dichlorvos poisoning in tertiary and secondary medical centres across Nigeria, as well as the reformulation of all Dichlorvos preparation to include “bitter agents and vomiting induced agents.”
It also banned the importation and manufacture of 100ml pack size of agricultural formulations of Dichlorvos with immediate effect while the hawking of all agrochemical formulations was also prohibited.