Sniper has grown popular in recent times because of the misuse of the product by suicidal individuals. It is an agricultural formulation for pest control but its access to the public has raised some concerns.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC, has banned the sale of Sniper and other brands of agricultural formulations of Dichlorvos following rampant suicide cases and misuse of the products.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, released a statement yesterday, Wednesday, July 11th, says Sniper and other related products would not be sold in supermarkets and in the open markets from September 1st, 2019.
“NAFDAC is giving a two-month (up to August 31, 2019) notice to brand owners/distributors to recall and withdraw their products from open markets and supermarkets that do not have garden corner/shelves to the agro dealer outlets.
“The sale of Sniper insecticide and other Dichlorvos brands in open markets and supermarkets nationwide is prohibited with effect from September 1, 2019. NAFDAC is giving a six-month moratorium up to January 1, 2020 for brand owners to exhaust the products that are in various accredited agro-input dealers (distributors/marketers/retailers) outlets.” the statement read
The statement added that dealers, distributors, marketers and retailers of agrochemicals are to immediately register with the agency to ensure strict monitoring of the supply and use of the agrochemical.