The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the body in charge of regulating foods and drugs has warned using polythene materials popularly known as lylon or waterproof to package edible items could lead to cancer.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye gave the warning while speaking to journalists in Abuja, Nigeria.
Prof Adeyeye appealed to Nigerians to desist from the habit of using lylon bags because of the danger involved.
“Packaging of pap in nylon is not encouraging; green leaves are all over the place, leaf is the best thing to use for packaging item and it must be clean”.
“Nylon is not good for packaging hot food because the heat will make the nylon leak chemicals, it must be discouraged.”
The NAFDAC DG explained further that plastic materials usually have a harmful chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) which can cause cancer.
“We are doing a study in our labs on different packaging of food, especially on nylon. The outcome will be out shortly,’’ Adeyeye assured.
She also warned against using aspirin to purify water as this means adding salicylic acid into water that is meant for drinking.
“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”, the NAFDAC DG said.