As you head to the market this weekend for your food shopping, do bear in mind that there are contaminated beans in the market.

The Consumer Protection Council put out the warning on Friday and advised consumers to beware of contaminated beans currently being sold in some markets across Nigeria.

It called on consumers to properly wash their beans before consumption as well as make sufficient enquiries before engaging in new purchases.

The Council gave the advice in a statement released by its Director-General, Mr Babatunde Irukera.

The warning came on the heels of a video that had gone viral where some people were seen using Sniper insecticide to preserve beans.

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The Council said in addition to the cooking method and making enough enquiries before purchase, consumers should sufficiently wash their food items before cooking.

The statement said: “Thoroughly washing food items before consumption or preparation for consumption is a generally accepted method of protecting and promoting safety.

“The CPC has recently confirmed by credible information that retailers, mostly in the open market, are using a pesticide, 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate compound, otherwise marketed and known as ‘Sniper’,  to preserve beans and more particularly to eliminate or protect from weevils.”

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