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Monday, March 16, 2015

SON, NAFDAC warn Nigerians of killer tomato paste


The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted the country on the spread of cancerous tomato pastes which contain colouring starch and other dangerous materials that are able to cause severe health challenges, reports NaijaAgroNet

NaijaAgroNet also learnt that this was contained in a recent report from a NAF­DAC survey which revealed that such colouring are carcino­genic and therefore unhealthy for human consumption, adding that aside from the cancer causing colouring, the starch contained in those products are harmful to unsuspecting diabetic patients.

NaijaAgroNetfurther reports that health officials said the products imported from China and contains fewer than the required tomato concentrate as they contain other substances capable of causing cancer, organ failure and further related ailments.

It was said that 90 per cent of the killer tomato brands fall short of the standards of NAFDAC and SON, although both organs were making efforts to remove the sub-standard products from Nigerian market

This has shown that the Nigerian system, particularly that of the Customs, NAFDAC, SON and other relevant agencies who should have as their duty to checkmate imported products intothe Nigerian market are not effective.

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