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NAFDAC dismisses claims that Semovita products contain plastic materials

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Golden Penny Semovita and other Semolina products have been verified by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to be free of plastic and other pollutants.

According to the agency in a statement on Monday, its investigation on the product was necessitated by a social media video showing a woman washing Golden Penny Semovita in a sieve with cold water and claiming that the residue she got after filtering was plastic.

NAFDAC stated that a similar film was shown in 2020, to which the agency responded at the time.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Moji Adeyeye said in the statement that the agency confirmed the claim was false after conducting necessary analytical tests in its globally authorized laboratories.

The agency added that Semovita contained the expected components plus the required Vitamin A, describing the claim in the viral video as misleading.

Semolina contains mainly water, carbohydrates and about 13% of gluten-forming proteins.

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“Gluten is made up of two classes of proteins – glutenin and gliadin, which upon addition of water combine to form gluten, a protein that gives nutritive value and imparts other characteristic properties to the product.

“Glutenin normally gives a bread dough the ability to rise during baking while gliadin gives it the viscous and elastic (viscoelastic) properties, or it simply makes it extensible and elastic.

“This latter property is the rubbery/plastic-like appearance that was exhibited in the said video. Semolina has no plastic content in it; it only exhibits viscous and elastic properties.

“The rubbery-like material that was observed in the video after many washings with water is the gluten that formed after the gluten-forming proteins get mixed with water,” the agency said in the statement.

It further stated that; “NAFDAC wishes to reassure the public that Golden Penny Semovita and indeed all other semolina products registered by the Agency are safe for human consumption having been so approved by the Agency, following science-driven regulatory diligence.

“There is no cause for apprehension by consumers as such approved products are manufactured in line with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and in compliance with the Nigerian Industrial Standards, which is continuously monitored by NAFDAC.

“Members of the public are implored to exercise discretion in the use of social media to address any suspicion they may have on regulated products. Resorting to social media has the tendency to cause fear and panic,” the statement partly read.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138

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