The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has commenced laboratory tests on Indomie noodles following claims that it could contain carcinogenic substances.
The move is coming following allegations in Taiwan and Malaysia that ethylene oxide, a cancer causing agent, was found in samples of the Indomie chicken flavour in both countries.
However, the producers denies presence of the chemical in their products and insist that Indomie is produced in accordance with international food safety regulations. The products have since been recalled from circulation in both countries.
However, the NAFDAC chief, Mojisola Adeyeye, in a reaction, said the agency is abreast of the development and has set processes in motion to investigate the noodles both at production factories and in the markets.
She explained that the move is to ensure that the harmful brand of noodles has not been smuggled into the country. Adeyeye added that 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 sample from the markets