The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control has said high toxic content of herbs damages kidney, liver and other vital body organs, urging herbal medicine dealers to obtain product registration with the agency to safeguard public health.
The Yobe State Controller of the agency, Lawan Dadingelma, made this known on Friday in Damaturu.
Dadingelma disclosed that the registration of herbal products would facilitate comprehensive laboratory analysis to certify that herbs and other products were good for consumption.
He said that the registration was imperative, as the process enable the agency to examine and assess the level of toxicity of the herbal medicine.
Dadingelema said, “We strongly call on all traditional medicine sellers to come forward and update the registration of their products and businesses to safeguard of public health in the state.
“If such herbal medicine did not undergo laboratory test and analysis, which is an integral part of the registration, the toxicity level cannot be ascertained and it could pose a serious health hazard.
“The high toxic content of herbs are some of the causes of damages to vital human organs such as kidney and liver.
Dadingelma added that to avoid health-related risks associated with herbal medicine, the agency requested producers to ensure proper label on their products which must be designed with addresses, manufacturing and expiring date, NAFDAC’s registration number and prescribed dosage to be administered.
The coordinator further warned that defaulters would be sanction in accordance with laws governing its operations.