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NAFDAC, NMA partner on eliminating harmful oil by December 2019

Posted by Olokede in Metro News, News, Photo Stories, Politics on November 6, 2018

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) and Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has agreed to work together to ensure the elimination of harmful oil in the country by December 2019.

The partnership is also to ensure the reduction of consumption of Trans Fatty Acids to not more than 2% within the period.

Consequently, a committee to drive the policy of action would be inaugurated by Friday. The committee is to comprise representative from NAFDAC, NMA, and other relevant stakeholders.

Only recently, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) called for the elimination of TFAs from the global food supply, and released an action package called REPLACE that includes policy recommendations and interventions for governments to pursue.

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Speaking on the agreement which was reached yesterday when the leadership of NMA paid an advocacy visit to the management of NAFDAC in Abuja, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said the agency is ready to work with NMA to save the lives of Nigerians.

Adeyeye described as very worrisome the high rate of sudden death in the country, with many of the death attributed to diet.

She stressed, “I don’t know how many Nigerians have died of Trans Fatty Acids and hydrogenated oils.”

NAFDAC boss also called for more advocacies so as to properly sensitize the people on the danger of consuming toxic oil.

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“We have to talk to our people that fatty oil kills,” she stressed.

Hence, she said NAFDAC was prepared to work with NMA to ensure that the set date is achieved.

“We are all on the same page on the issue of TFAs and hydrogenated oils,” she added.

On the issue of policy, she said the country needs to have a policy. Something both parties agreed to, leading to the setting up of a committee to midwife a working policy for the elimination of harmful oil.

In his earlier remark, NMA president, Dr. Francis Faduyile pointed out that TFAs are toxic chemicals that are unarguably implicated in the epidemics of sudden deaths in Nigeria traceable to heart attacks.

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Faduyile also revealed that from a research work carried out by Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), 44% of sudden death is from hypertension, while other are from heart related.

“All of them have something to do with diet,” he added.

NMA president also stressed,  “We are here today as part of our continuing efforts to collaborate with all industry stakeholders to work through the entire policy process to see the effective restriction of the content of TFAs in our food chain to not more than 2% while hydrogenated oils like those in margarines are totally banned in Nigeria.”

 

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