The sale of Sniper and Dichlorvos (organophosphate used as an insecticide) products in open shops and supermarkets has been banned by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
The ban was issued by NAFDAC’s director-general, Moji Adeyeye, on Wednesday, July 10, The Cable reports.
According to Adeyeye, the ban takes effect from Sunday, September 1. He stated that the products should only be used for outdoor purposes.
NAFDAC gave brand owners and distributors until August 31 to recall the products from open shops. Added to this, the agency gave a six-month ultimatum for the manufactures to exhaust the products.
Adeyeye in a statement said:
“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.”
Even more, NAFDAC ordered the compulsory listing of dealers, distributors, marketers and retailers of agrochemicals.