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Packaging food in polythene (nylon) bags causes cancer – NAFDAC Warns

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) has warned that polythene (nylon) bags are liable to cause cancer. That Nigerians should desist from the act of using the materials for food packaging.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC spoke in a chat with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

She said:

“Packaging of pap in nylon isn’t encouraging; green leaves are everywhere the place, leaf is that the neatest thing to use for packaging item and it must be clean”,

“Nylon isn’t good for packaging hot food because the warmth will make the nylon leak chemicals, it must be discouraged.”

The DG explained that plastic materials usually have Bisphenol A (BPA) which can cause cancer.

“We do a study in our labs on different packaging of food, especially on nylon. The outcome will be out shortly,’’ Adeyeye assured.

She further cautioned against the use of aspirin to purify water, saying this amounts to adding salicylic acid into the water one intends to drink.

“Drinking water that contains salicylic acid can cause erosion of the intestine, cancer, ulcer and many more damages to human health.

“The treatment of water with chlorine and alum must be minimal and must not exceed the required amount”, Adeyeye added.


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