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FCCPC raises alarm over adulterated foods, forceful ripening of fruits

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has raised the alarm concerning the widespread circulation of adulterated palm oil, contaminated meats and grains, and…

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has raised the alarm concerning the widespread circulation of adulterated palm oil, contaminated meats and grains, and the forceful ripening of fruits in markets across the country.

Dr Adamu Abdullahi, Acting Executive Director of FCCPC, stated this during a sensitisation of traders and major stakeholders held in Bauchi on Tuesday.

Represented by Nkechi Mba, Director of Planning, Research, and Statistics, Abdullahi emphasised the harmful effects of using chemicals to ripen fruits and manipulate farm products.

Abdullahi said, “Using chemicals to ripen fruits and other farm products is not only harmful but can be injurious to the health of consumers and may even lead to death. While these practices may increase profits, consumer health should be paramount.

“When palm oil is adulterated with artificial colours or flavours, it significantly lowers the quality of the food. Consumers may suffer allergic reactions or other health complications, posing serious risks to public health.”

He said contaminated foods and fruits contribute to health hazards such as cholera and typhoid outbreaks.

Yahaya Garba Kudan, Director of FCCPC’s Consumer and Business Education Department, expressed concern over the increasing instances of harmful food practices and emphasised the need for collective efforts to safeguard public health and maintain the integrity of the food industry.

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