The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has warned beans dealers to desist from using Sniper to store the produce as the chemical is unfit for human consumption.
NAQS coordinating director, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, who issued a statement through the head of media, Dr. Chigozie Nwodo, advised them to withdraw the beans already preserved with Sniper from the market and destroy them.
Isegbe lamented that the Snipe-beans issue arose at a time NAQS was close to achieving the lifting of European Union (EU) ban on Nigerian beans and urged the dealers not undermine the federal government’s effort as the use of the harmful insecticide could sendthe wrong signals to the country’s trading partners in the international market.
He said: “The substance in question is an organophosphate called DDVP (2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate) which is dangerous to health, if misapplied as a pesticide.
“Nigerians eat a lot of beans. It is a very popular staple food item in this part of the world. So, it may not be an exaggeration to say that Sniper in beans is a weapon of mass destruction.’’