A whole lot of things are banned in Nigeria and more are still been banned. Some of the 5 Harmful Things Banned Abroad But Not in Nigeria we see so commonly around us in everyday life are actually rare commodities in other countries. Let’s just say, a lot of times things don’t get to fly under the radar but somehow they are deliberately imported and cleared by the Nigerian custom service.
These items have been banned in other countries of the world have somehow found their way into the country. some very harmful and can lead to Death.
There are more than 60 harmful pesticides banned in other countries but not in Nigeria. These chemicals come into our plants and can lead to several health problems later in life. Recently; European Union (EU) suspended some agricultural food exports from Nigeria. The food items banned from Europe till June 2016 are beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish and meat, peanut chips and palm oil.
According to the European Food Safety Authority, the rejected beans were found to contain between 0.03mg/kg to 4.6mg/kg of dichlorvos pesticide even though the acceptable maximum residue limit is 0.01mg/kg.
Some of the agro-chemicals which have been banned by government but yet find their way in to the country and used by farmers include chordane, captafol, toxaphene and parathione. They are used by farmers to control weeds and pests. Apart from contaminating the produce, residues that accumulate from their application on crops over time have harmful effects on the soil.
Because the sale of expired agro-chemicals is also not checked, traders face no challenges from relevant agencies in advertising and selling them to farmers who apply them on crops in excess; to make them work as if they were a fresh supply.
Rather than also using safe methods of fishing, fishermen have similarly resorted to using Gammalin 20 to harvest fishes when they are afloat on the river after dying from the effect of chemicals. Manganese-dioxide (i.e. the powder of dry-cell batteries) is also known to be used by local farmers and traders to hasten the maturity or ripeness of harvested bananas and plantains. With their negative effects on human health, these toxic or poisonous food items freely find their way into our markets in villages and cities.
Medical experts have warned that the abuse of agro-chemicals can cause cancer, miscarriage in women, congenital effects in unborn babies, neuro-behavioural disorders, reduction in the sperm count of men, and acute attack in asthmatic patients. Worst is the death that could result from the misuse of these agro-chemicals, especially the banned products.
Nigeria sees the sale of a lot of medically and legally dubious drugs, and most of us lap them up. This includes the common Aspirin, which is our reply to almost any office or home ailment.
3. Red Bull
Red Bull was banned in France and Denmark, and remains banned in Lithuania for people under 18 years of age. The energy drink can lead to heart problems, depression, hypertension and convulsions, though I personally don’t mind one once in a while.
4. Lifebuoy Soap
These soaps are considered bad for the skin, and are apparently only used to clean certain animals abroad. It is openly sold in Nigeria as a regular soap for humans however.
Carbolic soap is a mild disinfectant soap that contains carbolic acid, a compound that is extracted from coal tar.
5. Unpasteurized Milk
Due to the presence of harmful microbes and germs in unpasteurized milk popularly known as Fura da Nono, it is banned in almost all of the USA and Canada. While this stuff can make you seriously ill, it is easily available in the motherland.
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