Plastic Packaging Of Beverages: Reps Summon Health Minister
The House of Representatives want to know the implications of using plastic containers to package foods and beverages.
They have therefore invited the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Yetunde Oni, the acting Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to appear before it.
The decision was sequel to a motion by Rep. Sergius Ogun (Edo-PDP) entitled: “Need to Regulate the Use of Bisphenol “A”(BPA) Plastics in the Production of Bottled Water”.
Moving the motion, Ogun expressed concern over the effects of drinking water in plastic containers that had been left under the sun or near a heat source, which had been linked to degenerative diseases.
He explained that plastics were hydrocarbons obtained from crude oil which, when heated, became unstable and slowly released chemicals that entered the water.
Other lawmakers that contributed to the debate called for sensitisation of the public on the health hazard of using plastic bottles to package drinks and foods.