Be Careful of Revalidated Rice And Repackaged Local Rice Into Foreign Bags, NAFDAC Tells Public

 The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians on the unscrupulous activities of some business men and traders who revalidate expired rice and also repackage local rice as foreign rice.

The agency in a press statement released by the Director-General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, said the report was received from the Ogun State office of NAFDAC . According to the DG, a report from the Department of State Services (DSS) in the state revealed that there is ongoing food fraud at the Oke-Aje market in Ijebu Ode.

“On the 14th of November 2019, Officers of the State office in company of men of the Nigeria Police Force proceeded to the scene of the illegal activity. On arrival the suspected perpetrators of the food fraud instigated unnamed persons to unleash mayhem on the team of Investigators.

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“However, Enforcement Officers of the Agency and its Federal Task Force team stormed the market in company of Department of State Services officials. They sighted miscreants at the market who took to their heels. Bags of expired rice, caked rice, bags of local rice, bags of popular foreign rice and sealing machines were found in the shops the NAFDAC Enforcement team finally gained access into. Three shops were sealed during the operation.”

While noting that expired and caked rice are unwholesome as they contain moulds and microorganism that cause diseases which are of immense Public Health concern, she advised the general public to be vigilant and exercise discretion when purchasing rice and other food items.

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“NAFDAC is fully alive to her responsibilities of assuring the safety, wholesomeness and quality of foods and other Regulated Products offered for sale to the public.

“Members of the public are hereby advised to report cases of re-bagging and sale of caked and expired rice or other food items to the nearest NAFDAC office across the Federation.”


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