The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Mainlanders and Nigerians against the use of bleaching or “whitening” chemicals saying they could result to cancer and kidney malfunction.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
She said her advice became necessary against the backdrop of the seizure of large quantity of whitening chemicals recently seized by NAFDAC in Lagos.
Speaking on this, she said; “Sometimes last week, we got information that there were some people involved in these products at the Trade fair complex in Lagos and our Investigation and Enforcement team moved in and confisticated four trucks of glutathione.
“We are concerned about glutathione because it can cause skin cancer as well as kidney dysfunction and failure; this is what people do not know.”
She added that; “People should stop bleaching their skin; we should be black and proud. NAFDAC is on the spot to ensure that these dangerous products, which come in illegally are seized and destroyed.”
South Sudan and Rwanda recently banned the use of skin whitening (bleaching) cream.