NAFDAC, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, has warned Nigerians about the potential danger of consuming imported Indomie noodles that have been found to contain a cancer-causing chemical.
The agency has stated that it will begin random testing of noodle brands and the seasonings contained in their packages.
According to the report, the chemical found in the Noodles is ethylene oxide, which is used to sterilize medical equipment and plastics but is also a known carcinogen.
The report further stated that the noodle product is not registered in Nigeria and is on the import prohibition list of the Federal Government, raising suspicions about its entry into the Nigerian market.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs Mojisola Adeyeye say that the agency will beginning from Tuesday, May 2, commence random testing of noodle brands including Indomie.
She said: Tomorrow, May 2, 2023, NAFDAC’s food safety and applied nutrition directorate will randomly sample Indomie noodles (including the seasoning) from the production facilities while post-marketing surveillance directorate (will) samples from the markets.
However, the Indonesian company IndoFood, which manufactures Indomie, has disputed the allegations and claimed that their product is safe for consumption and meets safety standards set by the Indonesian National Agency for Drug and Food Control.