The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has finally banned the sale of Sniper and Dichlorvos products in open shops and supermarkets in Nigeria.
Eye 9ja reports that the Director-General of NAFDAC, Moji Adeyeye, announced this in a statement on Wednesday, July 10.
The ban of the sale of the product in public places comes after the increasing cases of suicide which snipper had been traced to be one of the fastest and cheapest suicidal methods adopted by suicidal victims
Adeyeye noted that 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.
“NAFDAC is giving a two-month (up to August 31, 2019) notice to brand owners/distributors to recall and withdraw their products from open markets and supermarkets that do not have garden corner/shelves to the agro-dealer outlets,” the statement read.
“The sale of Sniper insecticide and other Dichlorvos brands in open markets and supermarkets nationwide is prohibited with effect from September 1, 2019. NAFDAC is giving a six-month moratorium up to January 1, 2020, for brand owners to exhaust the products that are in various accredited agro-input dealers (distributors/marketers/retailers) outlets.”