It appears lovers of Indomie noodles – an Asian food that has become a dominant part of Nigeria’s population’s diet – will now have to make do with other alternatives.
This is so because the Federal Government has reactivated the ban on the importation of the product into the country.
Announcing the ban, in a statement, on Monday, Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, noted that the move followed the recalling of indomie noodles by Taiwan and Malaysia authorities, following the discovery of ethylene oxide, a cancer causing agent.
The statement reads, “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.”
She assured that Nigerians will duly be updated with the outcomes of their investigation.
The agency however will begin random sampling of indomie noodles, including seasonings from the production facilities tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2.