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NAFDAC Vows To Prosecute Drug Hawkers, Calcium Carbide Users

…says carbide-ripened fruits may cause cancer, heart failure, others

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has commenced a national crackdown on drug hawkers and anyone using calcium carbide to ripen fruits for sale, with a promise to ensure they were prosecuted.

Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye who made this known at the Official flag off of NAFDAC Media Sensitisation Workshop on Dangers of Drug Hawking and Ripening of Fruits with Carbide on Tuesday in Abuja, lamented that the consumption of fruits with calcium carbide may cause cancer, heart failure, kidney failure and liver failure.

According to her, calcium carbide was a public health challenge that may also cause frequent thirst, irritation in the mouth and nose, weakness, permanent skin damage, difficulty in swallowing, vomiting, and skin ulcer.

she said; “Most of the drugs sold by the illiterate and semi-literate drug hawkers are counterfeit, substandard or expired, and therefore do not meet the quality, safety, and efficacy requirement of regulated medicines.

“Prescription drugs are also sold by itinerant drug hawkers who also hold a consultation, recommend, and prescribe medicines to their gullible patients.

“Drug hawkers are also the major distributors and suppliers of narcotic medicines to criminal networks such as armed bandits, Insurgents, kidnappers, and armed robbers. drug hawkers constitute a serious threat to our national security.

“The ripening of fruits with carbides is another public challenge facing us today and the Agency has deployed a multifaceted approach to tackle the menace.

“Fruits provide the body with micronutrients that improve immunity and prevent diseases among other benefits. Fruit ripening is a unique aspect of plant development, which makes the fruit edible, softer, sweeter, more palatable, nutritious, and attractive.

“However, the consumption of fruits such as mango, banana, plantain, guava, orange, grape, etc, or any other fruits ripened with calcium carbide is dangerous to health.

“Fruits artificially ripened with calcium carbide may be ripe on the skin, but the inside remains unripe. You can identify such artificially ripened fruits if you notice that the fruits are all yellow whereas the stem is dark, this is true, especially with bananas and plantains.

“In addition, naturally ripened fruits usually have brown or black spots, while those artificially ripened have traces of powdery substances and peel off quickly”.

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