The Nigerian community in Europe are poised to launch a major protest against the decision by European Union to carpet-ban all food items coming from the country.
Already,Nigerian House of Representatives is aware of the ban and may take an official protest from the country to the Europe Union as it denies the community its cultural and traditional rights as a people.
A source hinted EMN-NEWS.com that the Nigerian parliament after settling down may approach the European Union to have a rethink over the ban.
By the ban, a large percentage of Nigerian food would be disallowed from entering the European Union countries, especially till June 2016.
Nigerian food for several years remain a major part of the community life-line as it proves to be among the best delicacies across the World. With Nigerian not compromising their love for their food items, the ban is a major blow because it has become a major aspect of their daily life. Nigerian food items are not only on demand from Nigerians in Europe. Many other African countries are dependent on the Nigerian shops while a large percentage of Europeans opt for the nation’s delicacies tastes due to its organic richness. Many Europeans for many years have made Nigerian restaurants their major source of food source and supply.
/>Among those food items being banned are beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish, meat, peanut chips and palm oil.
For the next year, they would no longer be allowed to be imported making them to disappear from food shelves.
Part of the reasons given by the Union is that most of the food items contain high level of pesticides
According to the European Food Safety Authority, many of the food constitute dangers to people’s health due to the high level of pesticides present.
In recent years, many superstores such as Tesco has incorporated the Nigeria food in their food shelves due to the high level of demand and in an effort to give local traders a big run in price determinations for the items. Nigerian food items is one of the most expensive especially in London and in recent years, the packaging have met international standards due to the prospect in business venture and gains.
Most of the food items arrive in London before onward distribution to other parts of the United Kingdom and the immigration and customs before now have been very strict in allowing food items taking across on importation from NIgeria.
According to international standards, the acceptable maximum residue of dichlorvos pesticide is 0.01mg/kg. However, the food items were found to contain between 0.03mg per kg and 4.6mg per kg of dichlorvos.
Above is a video of a reation sought by IBtimes UK from the Nigerian communities in the UK who responded that the action would jeopardise the health of many who cannot contend with foreign delicacies.
Already, the ban has soared the price of available food items on the shelved while many restaurants have expressed that they are being forced out of business.
Ugochukwu Egenemba, who runs a website on Nigerian restaurants while commending the efforts of the Food standard authority alleged that the action was a big stick that far outweighs the reason being given for the ban.
The stakeholders should first of all have warned the importers to toe the line of the expected level of pesticides present in imported foods. By placing a ban, there seems to be some unannounced motives which may have to be the protection of local food companies.
He added:” The community is so large and the economic factor of their presence in Europe is big and this may be a contributory factor to the ban.
However, Nigeria’s House of Representatives has urged the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to sit up and ensure that international standards are maintained in the processing of food items and other internationally marketable products.
More reaction coming.