The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned food vendors and others against the use of paracetamol as a tenderiser in cooking meat and beans.
Mrs. Roseline Ajayi, the Kwara Coordinator of NAFDAC, 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.
The NAFDAC coordinator noted that the use of paracetamol for cooking can cause kidney and liver failure.
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 antipyretics.
She noted that foods provide nutritional support for life, while drugs are substance used in treatment, cure, and prevention of diseases.
She warned that “foods are not drugs, and it’s a necessity for life, while drugs are indicated for or against ailment.
When a 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.