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 Is indomie cancerous?

By Tuesday, according to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in Nigeria, random sampling of Indomie noodles, including the seasoning, will start from the markets and the production facilities.

According to NAFDAC, Nigerian imports of Indomie noodles have long been prohibited, and the products are listed on the prohibited goods list.

This came about as a result of Malaysian and Taiwanese health inspectors discovering the chemical ethylene oxide, which is thought to be carcinogenic, in Indomie's "special chicken" flavor noodles.

The product was recalled in both Malaysia and Taiwan.

The manufacturer of Indomie noodles, Indofod, justified the safety of their products at the same time, claiming that all instant noodles made by the ICBP in Indonesia have been processed in accordance with the Codex The standard for Instant Noodles and standards established by the Indonesian National Agency for Drug and Food Control.

Since more than 30 years ago, ICBP has exported instant noodles to several nations worldwide.

The company regularly verifies that all of its products adhere to the relevant food safety rules and requirements in Indonesia as well as other nations where the ICBP's instant noodles are marketed, according to a news release from Indofood.

The National Cancer Institute describes ethylene oxide as a combustible, colorless gas with a sweet aroma.

It is usually used to create other compounds, such as antifreeze. Ethylene oxide is used as a sterilizing agent and a pesticide in lesser doses. Ethylene oxide's effectiveness as a sterilizing agent—which also explains why it causes cancer—is due to its capacity to destroy DNA, according to the institute.

Nigeria is one of the countries that consume the most instant noodles, and Indomie is a brand of instant noodles made by the Indonesian business Indofood.

Additionally, Indomie is exported to more than 90 nations worldwide.

The NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, on Monday that the organization has begun an investigation and is reacting right away to the news of the Indomie noodles being recalled by authorities in Taiwan and Malaysia.

The NAFDAC Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Directorate will randomly sample Indomie noodles (including the seasoning) from the production facilities tomorrow (Tuesday), May 2, 2023, while the Post Marketing Surveillance Directorate samples from the marketplaces, according to Prof. Adeyeye. The Director of the Food Lab Services Directorate has been contacted since the substance of interest is ethylene oxide. He is developing the analysis technique.

It should be mentioned that the importation of Indomie noodles has been prohibited."

For a long time. It is on the list of foods that the government forbids. It is not registered with NAFDAC because it is prohibited in Nigeria.

"We are taking extra precautions to ensure the product is not being smuggled in; if it were, our post-marketing surveillance would catch it," the company said. Also, we want to confirm that Nigerian noodles and other foods use tested spices. This week, NAFDAC Food Safety, Applied Nutrition, and Post-Marketing Surveillance are carrying out those activities at manufacturing sites and markets.

Adeyeye stated that the results of the probe would be properly updated for the public.


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