NAFDAC warns bakers against use of potassium bromate

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DETERMINED to rid the country of unwholesome food, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has saidthat it will not reverse its ban on the use of potassium bromate in the baking of bread across the country.The Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, cautioned that those who were in the habit of using potassium bromate to produce bread would be prosecuted.Orhii, who made this remark at the flag-off of the annual bread monitoring programme in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, expressed the need for bakery owners to adhere to standards put in place by NAFDAC.Advising them (bakery owners) to upgrade their facilities, Orhii said it was wrong for any baker to use potassium bromate, which could cause vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and kidney failure.Represented by NAFDAC South-South Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Benson Kine, he recalled that the prohibition on the use of potassiumbromate, which began since 1993 would continue in order to save Nigerians from avoidable ailments.“The use of potassium bromate in flour milling and bread baking was banned in Nigeria since 1993 and NAFDAC in her unflinching determination to enforce the ban has prescribed stiffer penalties, including prosecution of defaulters to serve as deterrent.“In addition, continuous collaboration, dialogue and consultation with the stakeholders, Association of Master Bakers, Flower Millers etc., are part of strategies to enforce the ban.Orhii appealed to bakers to ensure they were part of the bread monitoring programme, organised every year by the agency.Also, the NAFDAC coordinator in Rivers State, Mrs. Mercy Ndukwe, told newsmen that the state achieved a hundred per cent success in the annual event.

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