The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, says it will commence the random sampling of Indomie noodles, including the seasoning from the production facilities and the markets tomorrow (Tuesday).
According to Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, the importation of Indomie noodles into Nigeria had been banned for many years and the products were on the prohibition list.
“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.”
The agency’s move follows the detection of a compound called ethylene oxide, a potentially cancer-causing substance in Indomie’s “special chicken” flavour noodles by health officials in Malaysia and Taiwan.
Both Countries have since recalled the product.