By Asmau Ahmad
The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, said the ‘Indomie Super Chicken’ flavour was not registered by the agendcy for sale in Nigeria.
Citing fewer clinical tests, registration and production of the flavour in the country, she said the agency has commenced sampling and analysis of other Indomie noodles flavours including their seasonings for the presence of ethylene oxide.
She assured Nigerians of a thorough investigation of the products at the factory and market levels.
In a signed by the agency on Tuesday and made available to journalists, Prof. Adeyeye promised to make the outcome of the sampling and analysis of the products public.
“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.
“The Management of the NAFDAC is aware of the recall of Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ by the Ministries of Health in Malaysia and Taiwan on account of the alleged presence of ethylene oxide, a compound associated with an increased risk of cancer.
“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.
“We use this medium to assure the public that a thorough investigation of the products will be conducted both at the factory and market levels and our findings will be communicated.
The public is also hereby informed that the implicated Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ is not registered by NAFDAC for sale in Nigeria,” she stated.
Prof. Adeyeye, however, said it is important to mention that noodles are on the Import Prohibition List of the Federal Government of Nigeria and are, therefore, not permitted for importation to Nigeria.