The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has strongly warned food vendors and others who use paracetamol tablets as tenderizer in cooking meat and beans, to strongly desist from it, uses the tablets to cook could cause kidney and liver failure.
The Kwara Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mrs Roseline Ajayi, gave the warning on Thursday in Ilorin during sensitisation programme for fast food operators and food vendors on dangers of using the drug to cook.
According to her, “the use of paracetamol to tenderise meat and beans while cooking may be considered as a way to cut cost, but with grievous and unprecedented health implications, which include liver and kidney failure.”
The NAFDAC coordinator explained that paracetamol is a drug used to treat pain and fever, belonging to the class of drugs referred to as analgesic and anti-pyretics.
She noted that foods provide nutritional support for life, while drug is a substance used in treatment, cure, and prevention of diseases. She warned that “foods are not drugs and it’s a necessity for life, while drug is indicated for or against ailment.”
When drug is used for cooking, it is hydrolyzed or broken down into components, which include 4-aminophenol, a highly toxic chemical to the kidney and liver.