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Lagos to sanction traders using Sniper to preserve raw foods

Sniper is an unapproved chemical for killing pests sprayed on raw food

The Lagos State government has threatened to sanction traders, marketers, and processors of raw foods who use unapproved chemicals for killing pests on raw food noting that the state government is against any practices inimical to the good health and wellbeing of the populace.

The state government said it is coming on the heels of recent reports on social media in which it was alleged that grains, especially raw beans were being mixed with known insecticide – dichlovorous also known as ‘Snipper’ to preserve and prevent insect infestation.

Lagos Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, who gave the warning, yesterday, explained that dichlovorous, which is from the class of the Organo-phosphorus chemicals, are poisoning in nature and dangerous to human health.

“We wish to reiterate that the state government has zero-tolerance for distribution of unwholesome foods and all forms of food poisoning and we will, therefore, leave no stone unturned in ensuring wholesomeness in the process and distribution of foods that Lagosians consume,” she said.

While soliciting the support of residents in exposing any unhygienic and harmful health practices, Goncalves tasked them to make formal reports to the government.

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