Ethylene Oxide, We Won’t Reverse Ban on Importation of Instant Noodle, NAFDAC Reaffirms Nigerians

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has reaffirmed the ban on importation of Indomie noodles into the country.



This is coming after Taiwan and Malaysia authorities announced that they discovered ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing agent in some Indomie noodles.


Commenting on the development, Director General of the Agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, said on Monday, May 1, that the Director of Food Lab Services Directorate has been engaged and has started working on the methodology for the analysis.


The statement read;

“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 caution 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 at the production facilities and in the market, respectively.”



Adeyeye also assurred Nigerians that they would be be duly updated with the outcome of the investigation.


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