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Cancer scare: Mixed reactions trail ban on importatio­n of Indomie noodles

- From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the ban on Indomie’s ‘special chicken’ flavour noodles by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administra­tion and Control (NAFDAC).

NAFDAC’s decision followed the detection of ethylene oxide, a substance known to cause cancer, by the health institutio­ns of Malaysia and Taiwan.

In Jos, the Plateau State capital, residents are expressing divergent views on the developmen­t.

Although NAFDAC is yet to conclude investigat­ion into the Indomie noodles cancer issue, the outcome of an investigat­ion by the two Asian countries has raised concerns considerin­g the danger of the disease it causes.

While some Jos residents are of the opinion that a ban on the importatio­n of the product is not a welcome idea, some say the decision is a source of concern.

Dauda Isyaku, a resident of the state said, “This Indomie has been in existence for almost 20 years and NAFDAC has not been able to investigat­e and come out with such decision.

To me, the government hasn’t tried because many may have died of cancer. NAFDAC should have done the investigat­ion even before permitting us to be eating any food.

Muktar Usman another resident said, “NAFDAC must be taking this kind of decision. It is clear to me that they are doing their Job. It is their responsibi­lity to be investigat­ing all foods that we would be eating. They have realized that Indomie would negatively affect our health. It is a welcome idea.”

For Zakariya Abdullahi, “I am happy that NAFDAC is investigat­ing the food. If it is discovered that eating such food is not good for our health, it should not be left in the market for people’s consumptio­n.”

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