Nigeria News | NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians on Dangerous and Unapproved use of Paracetamol Tablets in Food Preparation

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians on the dangerous and unapproved use of Paracetamol Tablets to soften meat used in food preparation.

The agency reportedly cautioned Nigerians especially restaurant operators to desist from the dangerous and unapproved use of Paracetamol Tablets to soften meat used in food preparation, as such illegal practice makes food to be toxic, unwholesome and unfit for human consumption.

The agency reportedly said that when such meat is used to cook, paracetamol is broken down (or hydrolyzed) into a toxic substance. This substance ultimately damages the liver and some other organs in the body. Thus, the consumption of toxic and unwholesome food illegally prepared using Paracetamol Tablets may result in serious health consequences, including liver damage, kidney failure and untimely death.

NAFDAC urged Nigerians to use genuine NAFDAC registered Table Salt to tenderize meat by soaking meat in salted water for about 30 minutes prior to cooking to prevent serious health consequences that may result from dangerous and illegal use of Paracetamol Tablets in food preparation.

The agency reportedly highlighted other safe and established methods for tenderizing meat including:

  • Cooking with a pressure cooker.
  • Marinating (soaking) with vinegar, citrus juices or wine before cooking.
  • Marinating with enzymes: Pineapple, kiwi, ginger, Asian pear and pawpaw contain enzymes that can help soften meat.
  • Slow-cooking the meat, or
  • Using commercial meat tenderizers (in moderation), which are sold in powder or liquid form.

NAFDAC reportedly said that they have heightened surveillance on restaurant operators in the thirty-six (36) States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to prevent the dangerous and illegal use of Paracetamol Tablets in food preparation.

NAFDAC implored all Nigerians to contact the nearest NAFDAC Office with any information on dangerous and illegal use of Paracetamol Tablets in food preparation while emphasizing that anybody or organization discovered to be involved in the dangerous and illegal use of Paracetamol Tablets in food preparation will be severely sanctioned.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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