European Union Denied Rejection Of Nigerian Products Allegation

The European Union in response to a report credited to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), that alleged that the EU rejected 24 products from Nigeria has said that contrary to the reports, only five food products were rejected, adding that the products were rejected on 24 consecutive occasions.

Head of EU delegation to Nigeria, Michel Arrion, revealed this when he visited the secretariat of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture in Lagos on Friday.

Arrion said dry beans had been the only Nigerian product banned from the EU because of the harmful level of pesticide found in the food product.

According to the UK Ambassador, the action was not meant to protect the EU market but the health and lives of Nigerian consumers in the Diaspora since all the food products exported from Nigeria to the EU market were meant for Nigerians and other African consumers.

“Those pesticides are unauthorised by the EU, the Food and Agricultural Organisation and the entire world.
In addition, there have been some rejections; consignment by consignment of five more products, not 24.  But altogether, there have been 24 rejections of containers or consignment of sesame, melon seeds, palm oil, groundnut, and smoked fish.”

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