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NAFDAC bans importation of Indomie noodles due to Cancer scare

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NAFDAC, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, has reiterated that it has prohibited the importation of Indomie noodles into the country.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Agency's Director General, repeated this in a press statement on Monday.

This follows the recall of indomie noodles by Taiwanese and Malaysian officials in response to the finding of ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing chemical.

The agency also stated that starting tomorrow (Tuesday), it will begin random sampling of indomie noodles, including seasoning, from the production facilities. 

The statement reads in parts, "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."
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