Written by Williams ABAH

Bleaching can cause cancer, kidney diseas, NAFDAC warns

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has advised Nigerians against the use of bleaching or whitening chemicals because they could result to cancer and kidney malfunction. 

Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning recently in Abuja. 

She said her advice became necessary against the backdrop of the seizure of large quantity of whitening chemicals recently seized by NAFDAC in Lagos.

“There are many people involved in these whitening chemicals, from glutathione injection to the tablets and other such chemicals. Sometimes last week, we got information that there were some people involved in these products at the frade fair complex in Lagos and our investigation and enforcement team moved in and confiscated four trucks of glutathoine. 

“We are concerned about glutathoine because it can cause skin cancer as well as kidney dysfunction and failure; this is what people do not know. People should stop bleaching their skin; we should be black and proud. NAFDAC is on the spot to ensure that these dangerous products, which come in illegally are seized and destroyed,” she said. 

The NAFDAC boss, however, advised Nigerians dealing in genuine foods and chemical products to ensure that their products get tested and registered with the agency for safe consumption. 

She added that if importers know that their products are safe for consumption, they should always ensure to put them through the normal registration process and avoid pass them through short cuts. 

According to her "We understand that not all unregistered products are bad, but Nigerians should always present their products for scrutiny. Some people just do not want scrutiny.” 

She called for inter -agency cooperation as well as synergy as effective means of stopping importation of illicit drugs to Nigeria, while noting that multi-agency cooperation and synergy will also go a long way towards addressing the issue of importation of some of these chemicals into Nigeria. Most of these chemicals, according to her, come in from China. 

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