The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has directed agro-product dealers to pull out Sniper pesticide from supermarkets, shops and the open markets.
Dr. Bukar Usman, Director, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate, NAFDAC, said this on Wednesday at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, while speaking at the unveiling of a new herbicide called ‘Lifeline’.
He stated that the move on Sniper was not a ban on the product but rather, a curtailment on the purchase of the product in the open market.
Usman noted that Sniper is an agro-product whose use was meant for farms and not households.
While stating that “there are appropriate products for the control of mosquitoes and other household pests”, he called on dealers and producers to partner with the agency on this directive.
Usman said, “Recently, some suicide cases have been associated with people drinking Sniper. Henceforth, we call on the agro-chemical industry to enhance their distribution channels so that this product (Sniper) gets to only accredited distributors and marketers.
“We have also placed a ban on the manufacture of smaller packs of Sniper which are easily purchased for household use.”
Safety Record can report that Sniper is the product of choice for control of mosquitoes and other pests in many Nigerian households.
However, many experts have called for a restriction on the sale of the product following several reported cases of death through Sniper ingestion.