Suicide: NAFDAC Bans Sale Of Sniper, Others In Markets

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
NAFDAC, has banned the sale of Sniper and other brands of agricultural
formulations of Dichlorvos following rampant suicide cases and misuse of
the products. Sniper which orirginally is an agricultural formulation
for pest control, has been the choice of tool in committing suicide in
recent times.

A statement released by the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji
Adeyeye, yesterday Wednesday July 11th, says Sniper and other related
products would not be sold in supermarkets and in the open markets from
September 1st 2019

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“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 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.” the statement read

The statement added that dealers, distributors, marketers and
retailers of agrochemicals are to immediately register with the agency
to ensure strict monitoring of the supply and use of the agrochemical.

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