The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has restated the ban on importation of Indomie noodles into Nigeria.
The agency earlier investigated the products after authorities in Taiwan and Malaysia announced that they discovered ethylene oxide, a cancerous substance in some Indomie noodles.
Commenting on the development, Director-General of the Agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said on Monday, 1st May that the Director of Food Lab Services Directorate has been engaged and has started working on the methodology for the analysis.
He made the statemen which read:
“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.”
Adeyeye further assured Nigerians that any updates regarding the matter would be made known.