Another declaration concerning the purchase and consumption of Indomie noodles in Nigeria has been made by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Earlier, the NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, was cited as saying that the importation of Indomie noodles into Nigeria has been prohibited due to claims that a cancer-causing ingredient was discovered in the noodles and the agency’s failure to register.
Health officials in Malaysia and Taiwan recently made a discovery that led to the revelation, according to Naija News. The experts allegedly found the chemical ethylene oxide in the noodles with the “special chicken” flavor from Indomie.
It is believed that ethylene oxide, a colorless, odorless gas used to disinfect medical equipment and spices, is a carcinogen.
In response to the news, Adeyeye allegedly stated that the agency would start testing random samples of the noodles and other brands on May 2.
According to reports, the NAFDAC Director-General stated that the organization began an investigation as soon as it learned about the product recall by Malaysian and Taiwanese authorities.
Adeyeye, on the other hand, urged customers not to be alarmed by the South Asian nations’ preventative steps in a statement on Tuesday.
The head of NAFDAC reportedly refuted rumors that Indomie instant noodles will be banned and assured customers that the food is safe to eat, according to Channels Television.
Professor Adeyeye allegedly told the radio station over the phone that “NAFDAC did not ban Indomie.”
“Indomie has been on the government prohibition list for many years to encourage local manufacturing,” she said, highlighting the agency’s efforts to stop the importation of these products from affected countries.
“Several local manufacturers have registered with NAFDAC, and the Indomie noodles have been found to be safe.
She claimed that the local producers had nothing to do with the noodles from Malaysia and Taiwan.
But according to Professor Adeyeye, the company “is responding to the news as a cautionary post-marketing monitoring measure to ensure that locally-made noodles remain safe,” not in any way ignoring the reports.
She added that NAFDAC would start randomly sampling the seasoning and Indomie noodles from the manufacturing facility to determine the levels of safety for eating.
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