REMINDER: BEWARE! SNIPER BEING SPRAYED ON BEANS TO ELIMINATE INSECTS: "PARBOIL BEANS" CPC WARNS

Be careful not to feed your family with the deadly sniper insecticide. There's a short video going viral on WhatsApp, it shows some market boys spraying sniper on beans before loading the much consumed grains in sacks. The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has advised consumers to 

extensively parboil their beans before consumption and to make sufficient inquiries before engaging in purchases.
In a statement issued by Mr Babatunde Irukera, Director General of the council, he warned Nigerians to beware of beans retailers who use 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (DDVP) compound popularly known as sniper to preserve their beans from weevils.  The warning followed a video which had gone viral on social media where some young men were seen in a market mixing their beans with sniper before bagging them.  The CPC boss therefore warned Nigerians that in addition to the cooking method and making enough enquiries before purchase, consumers should sufficiently wash their food items before cooking.
“In any and every case, thoroughly washing food items before consumption or preparation for consumption is a generally accepted method of protecting and promoting safety.
“CPC has recently confirmed by credible information that retailers, mostly in the open market are using a pesticide to preserve beans. 


The use of 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (DDVP) compound, otherwise marketed and known as “Sniper” to preserve beans, and more particularly to eliminate or protect from weevils.” 


 Irukera explained that sniper, by its chemical composition and nature, was potentially injurious when human beings are “unduly exposed by inhalation, absorption, direct skin contact or ingestion.”
He emphasised that the risk of injury on account of consumption of beans exposed to, or treated with Sniper was also existential, even though, an unintended consequence.
According to Irukera, though cooking significantly reduced risk of exposure from pesticides, the best possible caution was to avoid subjecting food items to pesticides because it is not in accordance with prevailing food safety regulations.
He said the Council was already collaborating with other relevant regulators to address the situation.
NAN.

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