[MUST READ] Using paracetamol to cook can cause the most serious diseases


National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has gives a strong warning to all food vendors and others people against the use of paracetamol as tenderizer in cooking meat and beans.

It was gathered that the NAFDAC’s cordinator in Kwara State, Mrs Roseline Ajayi disclosed this while speaking at a sensitization programme for fast food operators and food vendors on dangers for using drugs to cook and she also stated that the use of paracetamol in tenderizing meat and other foods can easily cause kidney and liver failure.

However, Ajayi added that the drug which belongs to a class of drugs referred to as analgesic and anti-pyretics, is only used to treat pain and fever.

Mrs Ajayi in her statement, she said: The use of paracetamol to tenderise meat and beans while cooking may be considered as a way to cut cost, but with grevious health implications which include liver and kidney failure. Further added that foods are not drugs and it’s a necessity for life, while drug is indicated for or against ailment. She however disclosed that said when drug is used for cooking, it is hydrolyzed or broken down into components which include 4-aminophenol which said to be a highly toxic chemical to the kidney and liver.

NAFDAC agency has compelled to respond to the emerging food safely issues, which is capable of consuming the health of several unsuspecting and innocent victims and citizens.

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