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Govt Raises Panel on Use of Plastics

Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has inaugurated a Technical Committee (TC) on the use of Bisphenol–A (BPA) in Nigeria.

During the inauguration in Abuja, the Minister of Health, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulazeez Mashi Abdullahi, said the BPA was not only used in bottled water plastics but  also a structural component in polycarbonate plastic used for consumer and industrial products.

Adewole explained that BPA included medical equipment/devices and electronics  while it was also found in epoxy resins, which act as a protective lining on the inside of some metal based food and beverage cans used all over the world, including Nigeria,

“BPA had been in use in food packaging materials since  1960s. BPA had been the subject of controversy for many years because of claims that it had the potential to cause adverse health effect, as exposure to BPA would lead to unexpected effects on the brain, behaviour and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and children, as well as earlier age for puberty for female at current human exposures,” the Minister added.

Explaining the essence of inaugurating the Committee, Prof Adewole said, ‘’ the House of Representatives on last year June, Seventh, deliberated on the need to regulate the use of Bisphenol – A (BPA) plastic in the production of bottled water and resolved vide Resolution (HR. 247/2017) as follows:

Urge the Federal Government to ban the use of Bisphenol – A plastics in the production of bottle water. Mandate the Committee on Healthcare Services to liaise with relevant agencies and companies producing bottled water to work out Modalities on how to effectively put an embargo on the use of BPA plastics in the Country”.

To this end, the Minister spelt out the Terms of References as follows: To Carry out comprehensive investigations on the safety or otherwise of the use of BPA plastics in the production of packaging materials for food, beverages and most especially bottled water in the country ,considering the permissible level ,environmental and other necessary factors.

Advise the Federal Government on the resolution of the House of Rep. to ban the use of Bisphenol –A (BPA) plastics in the production of bottled water in the country.

And undertake any other necessary activities and co–opt any other relevant MDAs that may be necessary for the achievement of the Mandate.

Responding on behalf of the TC, the Chairman, Prof. Babajide Alo pledged that the committee is committed to the task ahead and would deliver on its mandate.


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