When in 2015, the European Union placed a 1-year ban on Nigerian exported dried beans regarding the presence of pesticide at a level above the acceptable, little did anyone know the issue may not be easily resolved afterall. Even with the 3 year ban extension put in place in 2016, and the series of activities geared towards meeting the 2019 tyarget , it seems the ban is in place afterall.
A stakeholders meeting was held in May 2019 to review the ban and to conside possible lifting of same. Till date it seems a few unresolved issues are still outstanding

With the support of organizations like the UNIDO and a few international bodies,in packaging approving and implementing the ZERO-REJECT initiative, it becomes worrisome what are the EU still looking for. It is clear that the EU was not totally satisfied by the level of remedial measures Nigeria had and has been putting in place

One hopes that the ban issue is quickly resolved so as not to spill over to the year 2020, even when undeclared

Oct 2019


In May, 2019, the European Union began a series of talks to examine and assess the various measures put in place by Nigeria to escape further ban on the dried beans export to the EU. It will be recalled that Nigeria carried out some remedial inteventions aimed at enhancing the quality of agro produce for local consumption and export

The Zero reject initiative, supported by UNIDO and other partners is a combination of preventive and control strategies in this regards. The current ban is as a result of he detection of the pesticide, dichlorvos, at a level considered too hig for human consumptionAs the nation awaits the outcome of the meeting, which include officials of the FMARD and NAQS, Nigerians should expect a happy news that will return the exporters once more to business of fair international trade



Dele Fapohunda

June, 2019


Kenya has been mapped as an aflatoxin hotspot, a leading cause of liver cancer, hiding in grains like maize and animal food products.

Findings of a study released last month by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) showed a large amount of milk and grains consumed by Kenyans have aflatoxin levels exceeding internationally accepted limit.

Aflatoxin is a tasteless poison produced by Aspergillus flavus fungus caused by a mould in soil that commonly affect cereals. It is mostly passed to humans through animal food products or direct ingestion of affected crops.

The study dubbed “Measuring and mitigating risk of mycotoxins in maize and dairy products for poor consumers in Kenya” was done from samples of of livestock feeds collected from farmers in five counties.

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation director general Eliud Kireger however dismissed the report as alarmist, saying that most Kenyans could have died if that was the case

For more info, please visit https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/07/07/beware-aflatoxin-in-ugali-milk-and-meat-could-be-killing-you_c1782173

2 2019


Few weeks ago m the social mdia was awash with videos of some youths spraying what was understood to be DDVP on dried beans
The chemical also called dichlorvos, is the culprit that sentenced Nigeria to about 4 year ban from the European Union. It will be recalled that DICHLORVOS, has been declared not safe in a EU document published in 2012. Having considered human and environmental risk assessment, the chemical was labelled as ‘showing potential and unacceptable RISK’ as a biocidal chemical.
By next year, 2019, the ba on Nigerian dried beans in EU is due for review. The present incident will surely put in focus Nigeria s seriuosness and readiness about being brought back to engage in fair international agro-trade . Measures put in place wil be reviewed. These principally are captured under the ZERO REJECT initiative driven by Federal Ministriesm like Agric and Health; and Agencies like UNIDO

It is clear that more attention will have to be on Extension measures that will spread the new interventions aimed at wholesome agro produce for local consumption and export

Dele FRapohunda
Nov 2018


There s the European Partnership Agreement EPA, that is on offer between the Eu and West African countries

Proponents believe that most of the issues of unfair agro-trade between Nigeria and the Eu and other countries can be solved if Nigeria is on board. They claim that some of the advantage3s include

·         Duty free – Quota free exports to the EU = making West Africa a hub for global trade and investments;

·         Stable regulatory framework for investors, reduced cost of doing business in West Africa and improved environment for Foreign and National Direct Investment;

·         Job creation, especially in value added products and services benefiting to free access to Europe and regional market;

·         Less imports dependence through the strengthening of value chains and manufacturing       opportunities;

·         Lower prices for West African consumers and industries;

·         Safeguards for West African agriculture and infant industries;

·         Simple and advantageous rules of origin (necessary to enjoy preferential treatment);

·         Trade Facilitation and Co-operation in customs procedures, standards, sanitary and     phyto-sanitary requirements;

·         Co-ordination on major trade-related policies (competition, public contracts,     investments, telecoms and services);

·         An EPA Development programme (PAPED) focused on regional integration, trade             infrastructure and competitiveness for which the EU has already committed €6.5 billion.


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A new report exposes emerging mycotoxins in sesame and soybean in Abuja , Nigeria

Some major and emerging mycotoxins were reported in soybean and sesame available at the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. The report further established the unwholesome status of these and other commodities vended in this part of Nigeria

For further reading, please visit

Jul 6, 2018 – European Journal of Biological Research 2018; 8 (3): 121-130

DF 17 July 2018


It is known that an Integrated Export Control Plan has been recently finalised, with the support of UNIDO (under the National Quality Infrastructure EU-funded project), and signed by both Minister of Agric and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment. Its implementation should start soon.

However, after the implementation has started, and proves to effectively address the issues that have brought to the ban on the EU imports of Nigerian beans, the Export Control Plan will be officially submitted to the European Commission that will assess whether the ban can be lifted and the exports of beans to the EU can resume. The whole process will still require some months, says a reliable source who was actively involved in the steps to guarantee wholesome food for export

The implication is that Nigeria is NOT yet ready to convince the EU of the need to revisit the ban. The bean was as a result of the presence of dichlorvos, a pesticide, in the exported dried form at levels above set EU standards.
The extended EU bean ban on Nigeria is expected to qualify for official revisit in 2019.


Aflatoxin in Nigeria=Commodities Certification Points coming

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has been reported to have the intention of setting up Commodities Certification Centres in each of the 6 geopolitical zones of the country.

This is response to incessant complaints on the unacceptable levels of aflatoxin and pesticides in export agricultural commodities. For some years now The European Union has been frowning at unfair trade coming from Nigeria due to these contaminants. With the putting in place of these standard certification laboratories, it is hoped that compliance with global standards will be attained.

Melon, beans, and a few others have been implicated as notorious candidates for high levels of contaminants from Nigeria to the EU Nigeria

Mycotoxin Control during Grain Processing

 Authors=M. E. Tumbleson, Vijay Singh, Kent D. Rausch, David B. Johnston, David F. Kendra, Gavin L. Meerdink, Wanda M. Haschek.

To deal with mycotoxin problems, there must first be an understanding of the fungi which produce them, their growth parameters and interactions with crops. Mycotoxin control is both fungus specific and crop specific. Control of mycotoxins during growing seasons is a crop management problem. Control during storage is…

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Mycotoxin training opportunity in Bari, Italy, October 2017

ISM – MYCOKEY Workshop–Training Course  “Rapid Methods for Mycotoxin Detection in the Food Chain” 9-13 October 2017, Bari, Italy


The Institute of Sciences of Food Production – National Research Council of Italy (ISPA-CNR), under the aegis of the MYCOKEY project (http://www.mycokey.eu/) and the International Society for Mycotoxicology (ISM), is hosting a one-week Workshop-Training Course from October 9-13, 2017.

The course will give information about major issues associated with mycotoxin analysis and contamination along the food chain. Lectures and laboratory training will be provided on routinely used and new screening tools for rapid, robust and user-friendly analysis of mycotoxins, including validation aspects.

Practical training in the laboratory will cover most of the course and trainees will be assisted individually in the laboratory by ISPA-CNR staff expert in instrumental and immunochemical analysis of mycotoxins.

The Training course website is  http://rapidmethods.mycokey.eu  and the event has been disseminate also through the EU website (http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=events&eventcode=6EC57A16-9DFE-3418-908C20CF8B6ECD33)

Aug 1 2017