23 June, 2023, Lagos, Nigeria: The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has concluded its thorough investigation into the alleged presence of ethylene oxide or its metabolite in noodles and their seasonings. In light of the findings, NAFDAC has declared instant noodles produced in Nigeria, specifically Indomie Instant Noodles, safe for consumption.
The investigation was prompted by the recall of Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’ by the Ministries of Health in Malaysia and Taiwan. These recalls were initiated due to concerns over the alleged presence of ethylene oxide, a compound associated with an increased risk of cancer.
Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, addressed the matter, assuring the public of the safety of Indomie Noodles produced in Nigeria. She emphasized that the rigorous investigation conducted by NAFDAC found no evidence of ethylene oxide or its metabolite in the noodles and their seasonings.
The findings of NAFDAC provide reassurance to consumers who may have been concerned about the potential health risks associated with the consumption of Indomie Noodles. Professor Adeyeye emphasized the agency’s commitment to ensuring the safety and quality of food products available in Nigeria.
It is important to note that the safety declaration applies specifically to Indomie Instant Noodles produced in Nigeria. Consumers are advised to exercise caution when purchasing imported versions of the product and to check for necessary certifications and regulatory approvals.
The announcement by NAFDAC comes as a relief to both consumers and the manufacturer of Indomie Noodles, who have maintained their commitment to producing safe and high-quality food products. The company has consistently complied with regulatory standards and will continue to work closely with NAFDAC to ensure the safety of their products.
For further details on the investigation and the safety assessment conducted by NAFDAC, please refer to the official report available on the NAFDAC website or watch the report by TVC News on their YouTube channel.
As always, it is recommended that consumers stay informed and rely on verified sources for up-to-date information regarding food safety and product recalls. NAFDAC remains vigilant in its efforts to protect the health and well-being of Nigerians by upholding strict standards in the food and drug industry.
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