NAFDAC Cautions Against Use Of Paracetamol For Cooking, As Nigeria Host African Medicine Quality Forum Meeting
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned food vendors in the country to desist from using paracetamol for cooking purpose.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, gave the warning in Abuja,at a media briefing on the upcoming African Medicine Quality Forum (AMQF) meeting.
The NAFDAC DG noted that when paracetamol is subjected to heat while cooking with it, it changes to para-aminophenol.
“When paracetamol is subjected to heat while cooking with it, it changes to para-aminophenol and benzoquine, which destroys the kidneys. We have done a lot of enlightenment because the major problem of our people is ignorance and illiteracy.”
“We haven’t made any arrest because to do that we will need to test the pots of soup containing these substances at our office. Another reason is because we are short staffed, but I think the government is doing something about this,”
Prof. Adeyeye,said NAFDAC in collaboration with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), was working to ensure steps are put in place for adequate enforcement against peddlers of falsified and substandard medicines.
, Prof Adeyeye said the agency was collaborating with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), especially in markets that are not approved or those known for substandard medicines.
While speaking on the upcoming African Medicine Quality Forum (AMQF) meeting to hold from the 24th to 28th of February.
She said AMQF was expected to drive the harmonization of Quality Control standards and practices as well as mutual recognition of qc among African countries.
“It is a platform for a holistic continental quality control agenda that facilitates sharing of best practices.an advocacy platform to raise the national and international visibility of National Quality Control Laboratories,”she said.
The AMQF is a Technical Working Group of African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH), with goal to build and strengthen the capacity of African countries in medicines quality control and regional post marketing surveillance which in turn, will contribute significantly to reducing sub-standard and falsified medical products in circulation in African markets.
The meeting will convene all members of the AMQF including its Technical Committee (TC), leadership from USP, AUDA-NEPAD, WHO, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Health Organizations (RHOs) as well as other partners and key stakeholders.