NAFDAC Threatens To Arrest Users  Of Azo Dye To Polish Red Oil

Palm oil

Concerns have been raised by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) over the use of Azo Dye, also known as Sudan Dye, to make palm oil look reddish and appealing.
Azo dye is a chemical that is used to dye textiles.
Prof. Moji Christianah Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, who addressed the issue at a sensitization campaign in Anambra state, called the action “wicked and inhuman,” stressing that the drug is lethal because it causes progressive deterioration of human health.
Sudan dyes, also known as Azo dyes, are synthetic organic chemicals that are used as dyes for a variety of polymers and to stain sudanophilic biological samples, most commonly lipids.
Azo dye is regarded as an illegal dye, mostly due to its long-term negative effects, as it promotes cancer.
Represented by the agency’s  Director of Chemical Evaluation and Research, Pharm (Mrs) Ngozi Onuorah, the NAFDAC Director-General said: “We have discovered the sharp practices where sellers of red palm oil now put Azo dye to make it very reddish for it to look very glittery and tantalizing so that unsuspecting consumers can easily buy them.
While calling on members of the public to be vigilant, Prof. Adeyeye said: “When you see red oil is very tantalizing and too reddish, you should begin to have some level of suspicion on it.”
She, however, called on marketers and dealers of palm oil and even farmers to be very vigilant and that anybody they discover using such chemicals on red oil should be reported to the security agencies.
According to her, “We are giving considerable attention to the markets because there are a lot of activities going on there. Some are based on ignorance while some are deliberate because they went cut corners and make gains.
“The renewed campaign of NAFDAC is going from market to market because a lot of atrocities, sharp practices are going in some of our local markets both in the cities and the rural areas.
“The emphasis has been on processed foods but there is a paradigm shift in our campaign to focus on row foods that enter our markets.”


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