The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has officially confirmed that popular noodle brands, including Indomie, are safe for consumption in Nigeria.
News About Nigeria confirms that this declaration comes following recent concerns over the safety of the noodles after health officials in Malaysia and Taiwan discovered the presence of ethylene oxide in a specific flavor of Indomie noodles.
NAFDAC’s Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, announced on Thursday that samples of the noodles and seasonings were collected from various locations for laboratory analysis.
The results of the analysis indicated that the products are safe for human consumption.
Adeyeye emphasized that NAFDAC did not ban the importation of Indomie or any other noodles during the recent incident in Taiwan and Malaysia, which reportedly led to several deaths.
Furthermore, Prof. Adeyeye clarified that the implicated foreign noodles are not present in Nigeria.
She noted that even before her tenure as Director General, the Nigerian government had imposed a ban on noodles as a measure to protect local manufacturers.
However, the ban does not apply to locally produced noodles, which have been confirmed to meet safety standards.
In her words “We are improving on what will make our people healthier. Whatever we put into our food will affect us, whether positively or otherwise.”
She added that “We have to make sure that we do the right thing, regulatory-wise” and that is why NAFDAC officials went around to take samples from the markets of the products for laboratory tests.
“I love to eat good food, including noodles. But I want to be sure that the food I am eating is not going to make me sick, take medicine. And if I am taking medicine the food that I am eating will not make me to add to the medicine that I am taking. Therefore, I take food very, very seriously,” she submitted.