The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on Thursday said laboratory result of the suspected fake rice showed that the product was not plastic but rice contaminated with micro organisms.
The Acting Director General, NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni, said this at a news conference in conjunction with the Nigeria Customs Service in Abuja.
Oni said the seized rice was unsatisfactory and therefore unwholesome for human consumption, stressing that the consignment would be destroyed upon handover by the NCS.
She explained that the product branded ”Best Tomato”, was in 25kg bag, without NAFDAC number, batch number, date markings and details of the manufacturer.
She said that `floating’ was negative, sedimentation was positive, cooking was normal, odour was normal, colour was off-white and E-coli was within specification.
Oni called on the public to report suspicious cases about all NAFDAC regulated products to any of the offices across the nation for prompt regulatory action.
She also said that the following numbers could be contacted for enquiries: 08013630600, 09094262773 and 08033112282.
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At a public presentation of the special edition of the National Mobilizer magazine by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Abuja, the Director General of NAFDAC, Paul Orhi, said Nigeria has been given June 2016 deadline to improve in the processing of its foodstuffs or risk permanent ban from the international market.
The Director General of NAFDAC said that food items from Nigeria were being rejected in the international food market because of the unhealthy procedure used in processing them.
If you recall , the European Union earlier banned exportation of food from Nigeria due to reports that they are preserved with pesticides. You can read more reasons here .
The increase of fake food products in the market is really alarming. Just very recently, the officials of NAFDAC was attacked by traders and touts as they were busy carrying out their duties against unregistered vegetable oil brought into the country from Cotonou and distributed to various state in Nigeria.
The Agency stormed the markets following intelligence reports over illegal importation and indiscriminate circulation of unregistered vegetable oil in the Nigerian markets.
In a statement signed by Mr Anslem Okonkwor, Public Relations Officer, Enforcement Operations of the agency, and made available to the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
The agency was surprise on the shocking discovery of unhygienic warehouses right inside the markets.The agency said that consuming such vegetable oil refilled in such a dirty environment would not only expose consumers to infections but could lead to untimely deaths.
In a statement issued to the public by NAFDAC, it warned the public that by NAFDAC definition, “Any regulated product not registered is considered as fake because such products have not been tested or certified fit for human consumption by the Agency. Allowing it in public domain is 10 times risking the lives of poor Nigerians. The unhygienic environment where they operate and there is no way NAFDAC will approve any repackaging or refilling of any edible oil in this market,” the statement said.
“We have been going round other markets. This is Ajeromi market. We have seen smuggled oil and we have seen equally a place where they are refilling empty kegs of registered oil like Kings vegetable oil. They are refilling them with adulterated oil. We also have Emperor Vegetable Oil that is also being refilled. The owners have taken to their heels. We have sealed about 15 shops today including warehouses where they refill these adulterated vegetable oils.
“At the Mile 12 Market, a major distributor of fake vegetable oil was raided, traders trooped out and assisted by touts to cause commotion thereby preventing the team from raiding other shops. We will invite the owners through the market leaders for further investigations,” NAFDAC said.