’It Causes Cancer’: NAFDAC Bans Importation of Indomie Noodles

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By Muhammadu Sabiu   

 

 

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has made it illegal to import Indomie noodles. Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the agency’s director general, revealed this during a media interview on Monday.

 

 

 

The Citizen Reports understands that the NAFDAC took the measure following an investigation by Taiwanese and Malaysian authorities, in which it was claimed that ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing agent, was found in the product.

 

 

 

The head of the agency noted that the substance of interest was ethylene oxide and that the director of the food lab services directorate had already been contacted and was working on the analysis methodology.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“What we are doing is taking extra precautions 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 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, guaranteed that Nigerians would be adequately notified of the investigation’s findings.   The government announced that starting on Tuesday, it will start randomly sampling Indomie noodles, including the seasoning, from the manufacturing facilities.

 

 

 

However, Indofod, the company that makes Indomie noodles, defended the security of its goods by stating that all instant noodles made by the ICBP in Indonesia were processed in accordance with food safety standards.

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