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Nigerian-Made Noodles Safe for Consumption- NAFDAC

The agency emphasized its proactive approach and unwavering commitment to safeguarding public health, providing reassurance to the public.

By Denyefa Eniekenemi:

The noodles produced in Nigeria have received certification from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), affirming their safety for consumption. This certification comes after NAFDAC conducted an investigation into the presence of ethylene oxide or its byproducts in the noodles and their seasonings.

During a press briefing in Lagos, Professor Moji Adeyeye, the Director General of NAFDAC, revealed that no traces of ethylene oxide or its derivatives were found in any of the instant noodles manufactured in Nigeria, ensuring their safety for consumption.

Furthermore, Professor Adeyeye announced that the levels of mycotoxin and heavy metals in the noodles were within the internationally accepted limits, further supporting their safety for consumption.

“Therefore, the noodles made in Nigeria are very safe to eat,” she stated.

Giving account of how the sampling of the noodles was conducted, she said, “Samples of chicken flavoured instant noodles of various brands (and the seasonings) were drawn from the production facilities across the country.

“This was to ensure that the investigation was robust, covering other instant noodles brands manufactured in Nigeria, besides Indomie, the implicated brand.

“The Post Marketing Surveillance Division also visited markets/retail outlets in the major cities of Lagos, Abuja, and Kano and drew samples of instant noodles for laboratory analysis.

“The market visits served as surveillance for the presence of the Taiwan and Malaysian special chicken noodles in the Nigerian market.

“The samples drawn from production facilities and trade were properly packaged and delivered in good condition to our Central Laboratory, Oshodi, Lagos, where analytical activities commenced immediately in accordance with international standards and methods of analysis.”

According to the Director General of NAFDAC, a total of 114 samples of instant noodles and their seasonings were collected for the sampling process. The agency emphasized its proactive approach and unwavering commitment to safeguarding public health, providing reassurance to the public.

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