Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has defended the banning of the ‘Indomie Super Chicken’ flavour in Nigeria.
Adeyeye said that NAFDAC has began sampling and analysis of other flavours of Indomie noodles, including their seasonings for the presence of ethylene oxide.
The NAFDAC boss gave assurance of the agency’s commitment to conduct a thorough investigation of the products both at factory and market levels.
Adeyeye in a statement issued by the agency on Tuesday said the outcome of the sampling and analysis of the products would be publicized.
The statement read in part, “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.
“The Management of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC is aware of the recall 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 a 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.
The agency noted that the importation of noodles into Nigeria is not allowed as they are on the Import Prohibition List of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
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