Status of Regulations on #Fertilizer, #BioFertilizer and #BioPesticides in #Nigeria. @NafdacAgency

The Standard Regulation Committee (SRC) met on the following dates to review draft Regulations for Bio-fertilizer (BF) and Bio-pesticide (BP);

* 13th & 15th of January 2014,
* 31st of March 2014
* 7th April 2014 posted on NAFDAC website for 3 months mandatory periods to receive input(s), comment(s) and observation(s) from the Public.
* 12th & 13th of August 2014 stakeholder meeting rescheduled due to the Ebola Crisis.
* 2nd & 3rd December, 2014 relevant stockholders and general public met at Lagos to review the discussions.

* For information please visit http://www.nafdac.gov.ng

#Nigeria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards; Roles of @NafdacAgency emphasized.

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Nigeria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards: by Michael A. David Published by USDA GAIN, 2010

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is the Government of Nigeria’s (GON) regulatory body responsible for the regulation and control of food product manufacturing, importation, exportation, advertisement, sale and distribution in Nigeria. Under the provisions of the GON Act No 19 of 1993 (as amended) and the Food and Related Products (Registration) Act No. 20 of 1999 and the accompanying Guidelines, no food item may be imported, manufactured, advertised, sold or distributed in Nigeria unless it has been registered by NAFDAC.

NAFDAC was established to protect and promote public health by ensuring the wholesomeness, quality, safety and efficacy (as applicable) of food, packaged water, drugs, cosmetics, medical devises, chemicals and detergents (referred to as regulated products) consumed in Nigeria. NAFDAC defines food as any “article manufactured, processed, packaged, sold or advertised for use as food or drink for human consumption, chewing gum and any other ingredient which may be mixed with food for any purpose whatsoever.” Over the past few years, the management of NAFDAC has increased surveillance to curb widespread adulteration of food products.

The main strategy employed by the Agency for the enforcement of Nigeria‟s food laws is the process of product registration. Contravention of the provisions of existing food laws is subject to prosecution and punishment as specified in the code.

In recent years, NAFDAC appears to have become more active and stringent in enforcing existing food laws, which has increased the level of awareness of the consumer to make informed choices and has also encouraged local producers. In theory, any food item not registered with NAFDAC is not legally importable. In practice, many processed foods are routinely illegally smuggled into Nigeria through the land boarders, by sea and by air without having gone through the registration process.

Stakeholders meeting on Draft #Fertilizer, #Bio-fertilizer and #Bio-Pesticides #Regulations 2014 @NafdacAgency Pls visit www.nafdac.gov.ng for more info

Stakeholder meeting on Draft Fertilizer, Bio-fertilizer and Bio-pesticides Regulations. Perticipants cut across Academia, Private and Govermental Organizations, NGOs, Activist. The Draft Regulations would be posted to the NAFDAC site http://www.nafdac.gov.ng and the VMAP blog (vmapblog.wordpress.com) for comments, contributions and Observations. The Public Public is hereby requested to do so as the Draft would remain on the site for a period of three(3) months. Thank you.

Stakeholder meeting on Draft Fertilizer, Bio-fertilizer and Bio-pesticides Regulations.

Stakeholder meeting on Draft Fertilizer, Bio-fertilizer and Bio-pesticides Regulations.

Requirements for registration of imported animal feed, fish feed and premix  veterinary drugs and veterinary vaccine.

Requirements for registration of imported animal feed, fish feed and premix  veterinary drugs and veterinary vaccine.

1. Power of Arttoney given by the manufacturer of the product to local representative.

2. Certificate of manufacture and free sales. This document is  usually issued by the regulatory body of the country where the product is coming from and has to be endorsed by the Nigeria Embassy in that country.

3. Certificate of analysis of the product.

4. Letter of invitation for the inspection of the factory by NAFDAF , with the name, e-mail ,telephone number of the contact person. So that when  NAFDAC is ready to visit the factory ,the details will be use to contact the company.

5. Certificate of incorporation of local agent.

6. Evidence of trade mark registration of the product with the Federal ministry of Commerce.

7. Completed application form.

8. Receipt of payment

9. The applicant will need to submit  current annual license to practice by either a vet or a pharmacy if the product is a drug. 

10. Premises license either by PCN or VCN also for drug product.

11.Certificate of current GMP for the company ,also for drug.

12. Evidence of cold chain facility for storage of vet vaccine .

Above are the general requirement for the registration of imported regulated products. 

#Nigeria: VMAP was created in #NAFDAC to ensure effective #OneHealth approach.

“Animal health remains one of the weakest links in terms of how the world deals with disease risks” – #UNFAO J.Lubroth http://t.co/PiMUjOsoJw

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Aflatoxins: serious threat to food safety and food security, but is it related to livestock?

“Aflatoxins: serious threat to food safety and food security, but is it related to livestock?” – ILRI

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Aflatoxins are cancer-causing mycotoxins produced by the mould Aspergillus flavus. Aspergillus can grow in a wide range of foods and feed and thrives under favourable conditions of high temperature and moisture content.

Aflatoxin contamination can occur before crops are harvested when temperatures are high, during harvest if wet conditions occur and after harvest if there is insect damage to the stored crop or if moisture levels are high during storage and transportation.

Aflatoxins in contaminated animal feed not only result in reduced animal productivity, but can also end up in milk, meat and eggs, thus presenting a health risk to humans.

The poster below, prepared for the Tropentag 2014  conference, presents an overview of a research project led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) aimed at measuring and mitigating the risk of aflatoxins in the feed-dairy chain in Kenya.

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Aflatoxins: serious threat to food…

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