This food is gradually [neutralizing] many Nigerians

The European Union had banned importation of dried black eyed beans and other varieties from Nigeria.

The ban has been extended for another three years.

The black eyed beans is a staple Nigerian food.

This was disclosed by the Coordinating Director, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Dr Vincent Isegbe.

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Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), yesterday, Dr Ishegbe bewailed the extension of the ban stating that the federal government and its relevant agencies were working to ensure that safety measures prescribed by EU was met.

The EU banned importation of Nigeria’s dried beans because it contained high level of pesticide deemed dangerous to human health.

According to Ishegbe, “The continued presence of dichlorvos (pesticide) in dried beans imported from Nigeria and maximum residue levels of pesticides shows that compliance with food law requirement as regards pesticide residual cannot be achieved in the short term.

“The duration of the importation prohibition should, therefore, be extended for an additional period of three years.

“This will allow Nigeria to implement the appropriate risk-management measure and provide required guarantees.

“The extension should serve as an opportunity for stakeholders to correct the mistake.”

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Yesterday, the Federal Government denied it was importing Genetically Modified rice.

Debunking the claims, The Director-General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, said “No GMO rice has been commercially released anywhere in the world.

“The Federal Government had banned the importation of rice and there was no indication that the ban had been lifted.

If Europeans cannot eat our beans because of high levels of dangerous and poisonous chemicals, why then have we been allowed to consume it?

Relevant authorities must act fast to forestall any health complications arising from consuming pesticide laden beans.