Mesothelioma cancer, the asbestos-driven silent killer

Mesothelioma Cancer – The Mesothelioma Center

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor caused by inhaled asbestos fibers. It usually affects the lining of the lungs, however mesothelioma tumors can also form on the linings of the abdomen, heart, and testes.

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form, accounting for 75% of all cases. It affects the lining of the lungs, and symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, dry coughing and more. The second more common type is peritoneal mesothelioma, which forms in the lining of the abdomen. Although less common, other forms of mesothelioma include pericardial (heart), and testicular mesothelioma.

Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma. Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring minerals composed of soft, flexible fibers. It was previously used in many consumer products due to its heat resistance.

Those at high risk of developing mesothelioma are blue-collar workers, veterans, and family members of those regularly exposed to asbestos fibers. Firefighters, construction workers, power plant workers, shipyard workers, and others are at high risk of occupational asbestos exposure. U.S. Navy veterans also face health risks due to the abundance of products that were used in many of the military products before the 1980’s.

Due to its long latency period, about 20-50 years, most patients are diagnosed in their late 60’s. Men also account for a majority of mesothelioma diagnoses.

Interventions for Mesothelioma can involve   clinical trials,   conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery as well as alternative therapies.

It is a silent killer with most cases generally ignorant. Are you exposed to asbestos regularly ? Then this may interest you


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Source: Mesothelioma Cancer Center, USA


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28 Oct 2020


The embrace of chemical free Food production has made consumers appreciate good health through bio solutions. One of the companies that now champion green agriculture is Norlie s green.  Norlie’s Green is an Agribusiness entity that deals in total Agriculture,value chains and food processing.

Norlie’s Green is registered by law thew Corporate Affairs Commission to underwrite the  above listings of Business.

Norlie’s Green is a vehicle to innovation for most farms and in other agri business space.

Norlie’s Green is in partnership( distribution cadre) for an Indian technology Company,a company that devices several machinery and tools to better enhance the farmers activities and profitability.

Norlie’s Green has recorded success in the last 2 years of registration in terms of vegetable cultivation,cucumber and water melon,we are currently expanding of horizons in to cultivation of capsicum in a green House facility and hopes to continue in the diverse.

Norlie’s Green is notable as well for commodity trades and exchange with arrays of partners is the endeavour.

Being a futuristic entity, Norlie’s Green is the producer and manufacturer of Dr Sachs Sugarcane juice also using the bi- products of sugarcane to produce activated charcoals and bio-char, we hope to produce bio-fuels and molasses t from bi- products in no distant future.

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PESTICIDES in RICE: Achieving harmony in global standards, courtesy FAO

Difficulty in designing food policy at all levels easily invites the need to  there are 2 sections to the publication which focuses on rice. Part A identifies the level of harmonization in main rice producing and trading countries and explores the possible effects on trade, while Part B investigates the reasons behind differing levels of harmonization.


The publication, that just came out  in 2020,  will no doubt enhance food safety and international trade. Unfair trade arising from diverse forms of food fraud will embrace a reduction if the 108 -page publication is  put to use. This is a commendable outing from the FAO  of the UN.

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The content can be sited as

​FAO. 2020. Understanding international harmonization of pesticide maximum residue limits with Codex standards: A case study on rice. Rome.


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23 Aug 2020

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Food odor is rampant anywhere food is being prepared or served. The odor may be a reflection of  a few  condiments added to it or a combined effect of all the ingredients, on being heated. At times, such aroma may put off prospective consumers thus attracting loss of interest.. Happily, some manufacturers have devised interventions that can nullify the odor impact by chemical or biological means. Effectiveness of each product is however, determined by the end user .

Although big hotels, poultry and markets  reco0gnise the need to deodorize the air environment, many individual faced with economic challenge, are still left out of the loop. The result is a continuous occupation of public spaces   by undesirable odors sometimes form food sources, at other times from decaying organic  and non- food sources.

Anything that compromises the hygienic quality of air may jeopardize human and animal health. The  is pocket-friendly, effective bio solution that leaves no trace after the period of odor capture.

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With the need to increase the speed and reliability of detecting food fraud , some laboratories have developed e nose and e tongue and other devices that can capture the status of food on site. The era of laborious laboratory based analyses may be on its way out as research is now intensified on miniaturized, portable, hand held devices with the sensitivity expected.   Ellis and co researchers, in 2015, in a paper tagged “Point and Shoot…” delved much on this and similar issues on analyses in the Agri Food sector. The Safe Food and Feed Foundation has always proposed and supported all effort to make food testing easier for direct consumers. This will further enhance the quality of human health and international trade.  Now that many  stakeholders  are  thinking along this line,  achieving a global food safety, through  a rapid detection and quantification technique,  may be just near the next bend .

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David I. Ellis, Howbeer Muhamadali , Simon A. Haughey , Christopher T. Elliott b and Royston Goodacre  2015. Point-and-shoot: rapid quantitative detection methods for on-site food fraud analysis – moving out of the laboratory and into the food supply chain DOI: 10.1039/C5AY02048D (Critical Review) Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 9401-9414



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

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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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