The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned the use of antibiotics in animal feed.
More information about the ban was made available during a one-day food safety stakeholders’ workshop in Lagos. While presenting a paper presentation titled ‘Indiscriminate use of antibiotics in feeds’, the agency’s Assistant Director and Head, Animal Feed and Premix Division, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products, Doctor Tunde Sigbeku stated that a ban was in existence.
Sigbeku said the ban was ordered by the Director-General, NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, following concerns about food-related terminal diseases and death, making it necessary to impose the ban.
He added that Nigerians should desist from the use of acetylene (carbide) to ripen plantain, banana, mango and other foods as well as the use of chemicals to increase quantity of vegetable and palm oil and preservation of grains with harmful pesticides.
Speaking on additives used in animal feed, Sigbeku said that additives is very beneficial to the feed but inappropriate use would lead to diseases such as cancer, kidney and other organ failures. While the indiscriminate use of additives in feed would result in Antimicrobial Resistance.
He concluded by admonishing Nigerians to always read the labels on antibiotics, showing dosage and method and also desist from self-medication to animals.