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...Begins investigation to determine state of locally made ones.

Based on the news circulating around the country over cancer-causing indomie noodles outside the country, the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has come out with warning against importation of indomie noodles just as the agency has set up investigating team to find out state of locally-produced indomie noodles to verify their state.

NAFDAC Director of Public Affairs, Abubakar Jimoh, who made this known to the press reiterated that NAFDAC is embarking on knowing the healthiness of locally-produced indomie noodles before it will come out with public announcement.

According to Jimoh, though the Agency has already come out with warning against imported indomie noodles, but it has also set up internal test to know the healthiness of made-in-Nigeria indomie noodles before it will come out with its findings.

It would be recalled that the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, on Monday 1 May 2023, said imported indomie noodle is one of the foods on the government prohibition list.

She said the noodle is not allowed in the country, and therefore not registered by the agency, adding that NAFDAC only approved circulation of indomie noodles produced in Nigeria and not imported.

“It should be noted that 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,” she explained.

“Tomorrow, today May 2,2023 , NAFDAC’s Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Directorate will randomly sample Indomie noodles (including the seasoning) from the production facilities while Post Marketing Surveillance Directorate samples from the markets.

“The compound of interest is ethylene oxide, so the Director, Food Lab Services Directorate has been engaged. He is working on the methodology for the analysis,” she stated.

Adeyeye described the action as extra caution to ensure that the product is not smuggled ingo the country.

“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. Thank you. The public will be duly updated with the outcomes of the investigation,” she added.

This latest move became imperative based on the reports that indomie noodles by Taiwan and Malaysia have cancer-infested substance like Ethylene oxide found in ‘Ah Lai White Curry Noodles’ from Malaysia, ‘Indomie: Special Chicken Flavour’ noodles from Indonesia.

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Rasaq Oke

Rasaq Oke hold a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Honours degree in Food Science & Technology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. He is a seasoned Food Technologist and Agribusiness expert with wide and rich industry experience that cut across reputable organization like Guinness Plc, Crown Cork and Seal, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (now Neimeth Pharmaceuticals), Livestock Feeds Plc. and Tantalizers Plc. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FOODDOTCOMACADEMY SERVICES, Managing Consultant with RESPITALITY CARE COMPANY (RCC), and Publisher/ CEO of FOODPRENEURS PUBLISHING COMPANY, the publisher of FOODPRENEURNEWS, a print and online food magazine ( Mr. Oke is an accomplished food entrepreneur, consultant, administrator, instructor, and facilitator. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and the Head,-Editorial Board of the NIFST Food Forum Magazine; An Executive Member of the Nigeria Association of Agricultural Journalist (NAAJ). He is an Full Member and Secretary of the Membership, Certification and Education Committee of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD). He a a Media and Communication Consultant to the Lagos State Fadama Coordination Office (SFCO) and the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) in addition to being a Technical Partner to the Lagos State Consumer Protection Authority (LASCOPA). He is married with children and loves playing table tennis as well as travelling.

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