Indomie Noodles’ safety has been questioned by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shed more light on the situation by revealing that the Chicken Special flavor of Indomie Noodles is not authorized for sale in Nigeria.
NAFDAC provided the update in response to reports that Taiwan and Malaysian authorities had recalled Indomie instant noodles (Special Chicken flavor) due to the potential presence of ethylene oxide, a substance linked to an increased risk of cancer. NAFDAC reaffirmed its commitment to upholding its responsibility to protect the public’s health despite its recent warning regarding Indomie Noodles.
In a statement released on Tuesday by Mr. Olusayo Akintola, NAFDAC’s resident media consultant, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the director-general of NAFDAC, provided the clarification.
Adeyeye claims that NAFDAC is acting quickly to conduct random sampling and analysis of Indomie noodles (including the seasoning) for the presence of ethylene oxide. NAFDAC is a responsible and responsive regulatory body.
She added that in order to determine whether this carcinogenic chemical is present, the inquiry would be expanded to include other brands of instant noodles sold in Nigeria.
We use this platform to reassure the public that we will investigate the items thoroughly, both at the manufacturing and market levels, and that we will share our results. Additionally, the implicated Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ is not registered by NAFDAC for sale in Nigeria, the public is hereby informed. Noodles are prohibited from being imported into Nigeria because they are listed on the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Import Prohibition List.
“Further, the Indomie instant noodles products (and other brands of noodles) registered by NAFDAC for sale in the Nigerian market are only granted NAFDAC registration status because they are manufactured in Nigeria.” All of these products manufactured in Nigeria are subject to a tight regulatory regime governing every aspect of good manufacturing practice (GMP).
In order to prevent the entry of the allegedly problematic product into Nigeria, the Ports Inspection Directorate (PID) is likewise on high alert.
The NAFDAC DG stated that the agency “wishes to reassure the public that the agency is proactive and remains alive to her responsibilities of safeguarding the public health.”