The Presidency has ordered the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to be vigilant over alleged importation of poisonous tomato paste from Iran. The Director of Public Affairs of the agency, Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, made this information known in an interview with newsmen today in Abuja.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) had raised the alarm over expired and low-quality tomato paste in circulation across the country, saying its consumption is harmful to human health. In a memo to various agencies, the NCS said that instead of brix 27-29 recommended, brix 20-22 was allegedly imported into the country by MTV Investment Limited.
Jimoh, therefore, said that the Presidency has given the agency intelligence information to mount surveillance on importation of the alleged poisonous tomato. He added that the Director General of NAFDAC, Professor Moji Adeyeye, also gave marching orders to officials in the field to go round the country and ensure that such tomato does not come into the country.
He said that the surveillance would not only be limited to the alleged Iranian tomato paste but would be extended to other products to forestall any harmful goods coming into the country.