By Abimbola Ogunnaike
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has assured that Indomie Instant Noodles produced in Nigeria are safe.
A statement by the Director-General, Prof Mrs Mojisola Adeyeye reacted to circulating information about a purported ban.
The agency is probing the reported discovery of a harmful substance in the product after probes by the authorities in two Asian countries.
“NAFDAC has registered several local manufacturers and the Indomie noodles have been certified safe for consumption,” Adeyeye noted.
“NAFDAC did not ban Indomie Instant Noodles produced in Nigeria…The Taiwan and Malaysia noodles have nothing to do with our local producers.”
Cancer-causing ethylene oxide, used to sterilize medical devices and sometimes used as a pesticide, was found in Indomie’s “special chicken” flavour in Taiwan and Malaysia.
Dufil Prima Foods Limited has also issued an official position through its Group Communications Manager, Tope Ashiwaju.
The company said its noodles distributed across Nigeria “are produced locally under strict international best manufacturing procedures with ISO certified standards”.