By Simeon OSAJIE
The National Agerncy for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has banned the importation of m Indomie noodles, and all other noodles not registered by the agency.
In a statement on Tuesday in Abuja by Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General of NAFDAC said that Indomie noodles and all other noodles not registered were on the Import Prohibition List of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The Management of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is aware of the recalls of Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ by the Ministries of Health in Malaysia and Taiwan on account of the alleged presence of ethylene oxide, a compound associated with an increased risk of cancer.
“NAFDAC, as a responsible and responsive regulator, is taking swift actions to carry out random sampling and analysis of Indomie noodles (including the seasoning) for the presence of ethylene oxide, as well as extending the investigation to other brands of instant noodles offered for sale to Nigerians. We use this medium to assure the public that thorough investigation of the products will be conducted both at the factory and market levels and our findings will be communicated.
“The public is also hereby informed that the implicated Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ is not registered by NAFDAC for sale in Nigeria. It is important to mention that noodles are on the Import Prohibition List of the Federal Government of Nigeria and is therefore not permitted for importation to Nigeria, she said.
Adeyeye however alerted the public to consume not just instant noodles manufactured in Nigeria, but those fully registered with the agency.
“The Indomie instant noodles products and other brands of noodles registered by NAFDAC for sale in the Nigerian market are manufactured in Nigeria and are only granted NAFDAC registration status following a strict regulatory regime covering all aspects of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
“The Ports Inspection Directorate (PID) is also on heightened alert to guard against importation of the implicated product into Nigeria.”