In a bid to eliminate harmful oil in the country by December 2019, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have entered into a partnership.
Both parties partnered to ensure the reduction of consumption of Trans Fatty Acids to not more than 2% within the period.
It will be recalled that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) have called for the elimination of TFAs from the global food supply, and released an action package called REPLACE that includes policy recommendations and interventions for governments to pursue.
The Director – General of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye while speaking on the partnership between both parties stated that the agency is committed and ready to work with NMA to save the citizenry due to the worrisome high rate of sudden death in the country caused by dieting.
Adeyeye further stressed the need for more advocacies so as to properly sensitize the people on the danger of consuming toxic oil which will hamper the health of Nigerians. She added that the country needs to have a policy for the elimination of harmful oil.
A committee has been constituted comprising representative of NAFDAC, NMA and other relevant stakeholders to be inaugurated by Friday.
Dr. Francis Faduyile said, “We are here today as part of our continuing efforts to collaborate with all industry stakeholders to work through the entire policy process to see the effective restriction of the content of TFAs in our food chain to not more than 2% while hydrogenated oils like those in margarine are totally banned in Nigeria.”