Nigerians Consuming Expired Foreign Rice – Custom

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Meanwhile, following a statement by the Customs boss that Nigerians consuming foreign rice are eating an expired product that is only polished and re-bagged, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has said it cannot vouch for the safety or wholesomeness of any food item smuggled into the country.

Ali while inspecting Area I Command, Port Harcourt and Area II Command of the Nigeria Customs Service,Onne, Rivers State said the NCS must reach out to Nigerians through the media to make them realise the deadly effect of what they are consuming.

But responding to Ali’s comment that some of the foreign rice brought into Nigeria has expired and are re-bagged for sale to Nigerians, the Director for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, NAFDAC, Mr Sheriff Olagunju, said during an interview with one of our correspondents that when something is smuggled, it means it has not passed through the regulated channels.

When asked if there is any expired rice in circulation as said by the Customs boss, the NAFDAC director said the agency will not be able to affirm or deny such unless evaluation has been done, adding that NAFDAC will not be able to make any sweeping statement without carrying out any test.

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