Over 70% of Nigerian food goods have been rejected in Europe and the US, according to a worrying disclosure from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). This startling statistic raises concerns about the food produced in Nigeria’s capacity to comply with international norms as well as its quality and safety requirements.
The reasons for these rejections varies, but according to Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC, the main causes include problems with excessive pesticide residue, poor hygiene habits, and inadequate packing. The Nigerian government is given a wake-up call by this discovery, which emphasizes the urgent need for stricter regulation and use of quality control procedures within the nation’s food production business.
Since Nigeria’s economy mainly depends on exporting agricultural goods, the effects of such high rejection rates are considerable. Nigeria suffers not just financial losses as a result of having a substantial amount of its food exports rejected, but also harm to its reputation as a supplier of high-quality, safe foods on a global scale.
NAFDAC has committed to collaborating closely with farmers, food producers, and pertinent government organizations to raise food safety standards in order to solve this pressing issue. Through cooperation, the supply chain’s quality control procedures will be improved from production through packaging and delivery. NAFDAC aims to recover the trust of foreign markets and make sure that Nigerian food products meet international quality benchmarks by enforcing strict laws and educating stakeholders about international standards.
This revelation serves as a wake-up call for Nigerian authorities to prioritize food safety and quality control. By addressing the root causes of food rejections, Nigeria can not only restore its international reputation but also ensure the well-being of its citizens by providing them with safe and high-quality food products. The concerted efforts of NAFDAC, the government, and industry stakeholders will play a crucial role in fostering a robust food production sector that can meet global standards and contribute to Nigeria’s economic growth.