The Director-General of the regulatory agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, who disclosed this in a statement was reacting to the decision by Malaysia and Taiwan to take into account Indomie’s “special chicken” flavour noodles.
The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has discovered its plan to conduct a sample test on the Indomie Noodles over its alleged reference to cancer.
The Director-General of the regulatory agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, who disclosed this in a statement was reacting to the decision by Malaysia and Taiwan to recall Indomie’s “special chicken” flavour noodles.
The NDLEA added that the sampling exercise would begin tomorrow(Tuesday).
The statement reads, “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 samples from the markets.
“The compound of interest is ethylene oxide, so the Director, Food Lab Services Directorate has been engaged. He is running on the methodology for the analysis.
“It should be noted that Indomie noodles have been banned from being imported into the country for many years. It is one of the foods on the government prohibition list. It is not allowed in Nigeria, and therefore not registered by NAFDAC.
“What we are doing is an extra warning to ensure that the product is not smuggled in, and if so, our post-marketing surveillance would detect it.
“We also want to be sure that the spices used for the Indomie and other noodles in Nigeria are tested. That is what NAFDAC Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FSAN) and Post-Marketing Surveillance (PMS) are doing this week on the manufacturing facilities and in the market, respectively.”