NAFDAC bans open sale of Sniper over use in suicide attempts

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned the sale of Sniper and Dichlorvos (organophosphate used as an insecticide) products in open shops and supermarkets.

Moji Adeyeye, director-general of NAFDAC, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

A number of Nigerians had called for the ban of the product following its rampant use in cases of suicide.

Adeyeye said the ban takes effect from September 1, adding that such products should only be used for outdoor purposes and not domestic use.

The agency gave brand owners and distributors until August 31 to recall the products from open shops.

It also issued a six-month ultimatum for the manufactures to exhaust the products they have in various accredited agro-input dealers outlet.

The senate, on Tuesday, called on the federal government to ban the production, importation and circulation of Sniper insecticide across the country.

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