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NAFDAC says investigating ‘deadly’ Chicken Flavour Indomie Noodles

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Tuesday said it is investigating the report of ‘deadly’ instant noodles, especially ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ which has been found to contain a chemical that increased risk of cancer.

The Ministries of Health in Malaysia and Taiwan have recalled Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ on account of the alleged presence of ethylene oxide, a compound associated with an increased risk of cancer.

A statement signed by its Director General, Mojisola Adeyeye said NAFDAC, as a responsible and responsive regulator, is taking swift actions to carry out random sampling and analysis of Indomie noodles (including the seasoning) for the presence of ethylene oxide, as well as extending the investigation to other brands of instant noodles offered for sale to Nigerians.

Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’
Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’

“We use this medium to assure the public that thorough investigation of the products will be conducted both at the factory and market levels and our findings will be communicated.

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“The public is also hereby informed that the implicated Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ is not registered by NAFDAC for sale in Nigeria.

“It is important to mention that noodles are on the Import Prohibition List of the Federal Government of Nigeria and is therefore not permitted for importation to Nigeria.

“Further, the Indomie instant noodles products (and other brands of noodles) registered by NAFDAC for sale in the Nigerian market are manufactured in Nigeria and are only granted NAFDAC registration status following a strict regulatory regime covering all aspects of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). The Ports Inspection Directorate (PID) is also on heightened alert to guard against the importation of the implicated product into Nigeria.

“NAFDAC wishes to reassure the public that the Agency is proactive and remains alive to her responsibilities of safeguarding the health of the public,” Adeyeye said in the statement.

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

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