The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has emphasised the importance of using only safe veterinary medicine and allied products available for use in Nigeria by agro-allied operators for the protection of human and animal health.
NAFDAC’s Director, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Product (VMAP), Dr. Rametu Momodu, who made the assertion during the Agro Merit Industrial Outreach at the Poultry Show recently in Abeokuta, maintained that the use of animal feed products that are not certified by NAFDAC cannot be guaranteed by the agency in terms of efficacy, quality and effectiveness.
Momodu, who called for the cooperation of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) at the national level, said effective collaboration would lead to the development of the industry through efficient regulatory practices.
“If they use the products properly, they are going to get better birds, which are birds that are healthier and that is good for business; it is good for the farmers and us that are buying the birds to eat. Consequently, we are going to eat better-quality birds. We are not going to eat diseased birds or birds that are not bred properly.”
Momodu stated that the mission of the VMAP Directorate is to protect human and animal health. This is by ensuring that only safe and effective veterinary medicine and allied products are available for use in Nigeria.
She said, “The regulation of animal feedstuff is done to ensure the production of safe feed.”
Momodu said VMAP under her leadership will deliver on the directorate’s mandate through an open-door policy, science-based approach to issues, collaboration and cooperation with all stakeholders.
SOURCE: The Sun