Cancer Scare: We’ve Banned Importation Of Indomie Noodles – NAFDAC


indomie noodlesThe National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC) has banned the importation of Indomie noodles into the country.

The Director General of the Agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, stated this in an interview with journalists, on Monday.

The Nigerian regulatory body took the action amid an investigation by Taiwan and Malaysia authorities which reportedly discovered ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing agent, in the product.

According to the NAFDAC boss, the compound of interest was ethylene oxide said already the Director of the Food Lab Services Directorate has been engaged and has started working on the methodology for the analysis.

Indomie noodles have been banned from being imported into the country for many years. It is one of the foods on the government prohibition list. It is not allowed in Nigeria, and therefore not registered by NAFDAC.”

“What we are doing is an extra caution to ensure that the product is not smuggled in, and if so, our post-marketing surveillance would detect it. We also want to be sure that the spices used for the Indomie and other noodles in Nigeria are tested.

“That is what NAFDAC Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FSAN) and Post Marketing Surveillance (PMS) are doing this week at the production facilities and in the market, respectively,” she said.

She, however, promised that Nigerians will be duly updated with the outcome of the investigation.

The agency said it will begin random sampling of indomie noodles including the seasoning from the production facilities from Tuesday.

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