NAFDAC Bans Antibiotics In Animal Feed Production
Livestock market. Image: International Livestock Research Institute.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (Nafdac) has banned the use of antibiotics in animal feed.

This was revealed by the Nafdac Assistant Director and Head, Animal Feed and Premix Division, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products, Tunde Sigbeku.

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It was during a one-day food safety stakeholders’ workshop in Lagos on Wednesday.

According to Sigbeku, Nafdac has, instead, urged animal feeds producers to use probiotics, enzymes.

Sigbeku said although use of additives in animal feed was beneficial and a global phenomenon, indiscriminate use had resulted in diseases such as cancer, kidney and other organ failures in Nigeria.

He said this is “because the veterinary drug residue eventually ends up in the food that is consumed by human beings.”

In addition, he said “The incidence of AMR leads to treatment failure or infections that cannot be easily treated, death and economic loss.

“This is a real problem in Nigeria because we tend to not finish antibiotic medication or buy only what can be afforded.”