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 in the open market.
The ban was announced in a statement signed by Moji Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC, on Wednesday.
According to the agency, the ban had become imperative following the escalation of reported sucide cases in the country caused as a result of Sniper.
The statement said the product ban commences on September 1, 2019, and has been proscribed from being sold in supermarkets and in the open markets.
The statement read: “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 agency ordered the mandatory listing of dealers, distributors, marketers and retailers of agrochemicals.
It also banned the importation and manufacture of 100ml pack size of agricultural formulations of Dichlorvos with immediate effect, while the hawking of all agrochemical formulations was also prohibited.