By Sola Ogundipe & Demola Akinyemi
The National Agency for Food and drug Administration, NAFDAC has begun investigations into the alleged importation of “Indian garri” in the country even as Nigerians have been cautioned against consumption of the product.
Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who spoke on the development in a statement on his twitter handle entitled “On imported garri, Pt 1 – NAFDAC”, said 26 packets of the product were seized for analysis after regulatory officials visited the supermarket in Ikoyi on Monday 20 February, 2017.
“This is the tweet that first caught our attention on Sunday 19th February 2017. It is about a certain pack of imported garri with the source given as India, which was found on the shelves of a Nigerian supermarket.
We knew we had work to do, and Monday 20th we did. Our actions and findings are outlined below: (Updates via @NafdacNigeria)
NAFDAC Officers visited the Supermarket in Ikoyi today
26 packets of 500mg each of the products were seized for analysis
The product has no NAFDAC number
The product is said to be from Ghana but packaged in UK
The Management of the Supermarket have been invited for further discussion in our Lagos office