In a recent development, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) issued a public alert concerning the sale of unwholesome mayonnaise in Nigeria. The investigation carried out by the agency revealed troubling findings about the products sourced from the manufacturer, SNF FOODS Limited, located in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Upon receiving a consumer complaint, NAFDAC’s post-marketing surveillance unit in Ilorin, Kwara State, conducted a thorough investigation, including the random collection of samples from different product batches. These samples were subsequently subjected to rigorous laboratory analysis at the NAFDAC Laboratory.
“On investigation, the products were sourced locally from the manufacturer, SNF FOODS Limited, Onitsha, Anambra State. Samples were taken randomly from different product batches for laboratory analysis in NAFDAC Laboratory.
“Laboratory analysis conducted on the product by the agency showed unsatisfactory outcomes. It was discovered that, though the products were still within shelf life, they have become rancid and exhibited a color different from the original color of mayonnaise.
The outcomes of the laboratory analysis were found to be unsatisfactory, raising serious concerns about the product’s safety. Despite still being within their shelf life, the tested mayonnaise products were discovered to have turned rancid and exhibited a distinct color not consistent with the original appearance of the mayonnaise.
In light of these alarming findings, NAFDAC promptly issued a public alert, urging consumers to avoid purchasing or consuming the implicated batches of the unwholesome product. As a precaution, all zonal directors and state coordinators have been directed to conduct extensive surveillance and recall the affected batches from circulation.
The agency further emphasized its commitment to ensuring the safety of consumers and the quality of food products in the market. Nigerians are advised to remain vigilant and report any suspicious products to NAFDAC for further investigation.
“All zonal directors and state coordinators have been directed to carry out surveillance and mop up the implicated batches of the unwholesome product,” NAFDAC noted in its public alert issued on Monday.
This public alert serves as a crucial warning to safeguard the public’s well-being. It underscores the significance of stringent quality control measures to maintain the integrity of food products in the country.