Definitions of vegetarian and vegan (Nigeria)

There are no specific legal regulations for vegan and vegetarian foods in Nigeria. However, Section 2 of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Act (NAFDAC) Pre-Packaged Food (labelling) Regulations 2022 provides that the name of a pre-package food shall be indicated in the Principal Display Panel (PDP) of the la-bel, clearly indicating the specifics and true nature of the food not generic description; and the appropriate product statement of identity, where there is no specific, common or usual name of the food and shall be used in a manner that is not misleading or confusion to the consumer. From the provision, it is important that food labels are accurate in its description as vegetarian or vegan.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Adeniji Oni

Niji Oni & Co