The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has alerted Nigerians that some beans sold in the markets had been preserved with poisonous substances.
The agency advised consumers to extensively parboil their beans before consumption and to make sufficient inquiries before making purchases.
This was made known through a statement by the CPC’s director-general, Mr. Babatunde Irukera, following information on the use of the insecticide, Sniper, to preserve beans by some retailers.
“In any and every case, thoroughly washing food items before consumption or preparation for consumption is a generally accepted method of protecting and promoting safety.
“CPC has recently confirmed credible information that retailers, mostly in the open market, are using a pesticide to preserve beans.
“They use 2.2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (DDVP) compound, otherwise marketed and known as Sniper, to preserve beans, and more particularly to eliminate or protect from weevils.”