The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Thursday, raided Sheikh Gumi Market in Kaduna, seizing unregistered and expired tomato paste worth more than N1 million.
And “Nan” reported that the reservation was made from 16 stores in the market, where 75 cartons of expired and unregistered tomato paste of different brands were seized.
NAFDAC Deputy Director of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, Kaduna Office Tamanua Andrew said the raid was in line with the ban on the import of tomato paste by the federal government in 2019.
He said that since the ban on importing tomato paste, the agency has launched raids on unregistered and banned tomato paste across the markets in the country.
“In September 2022 in Lagos, the Director of Investigation and Enforcement held a press briefing on the raid carried out in the state alone, where open markets and supermarkets were raided and more than 3,000 unregistered tinned tomatoes seized.”
Andrew noted that NAFDAC will continue to fulfill its duty and will not abdicate its responsibilities to ensure a healthy nation.
He revealed that their monitoring showed that open supermarkets and supply stores were still importing banned tomato paste illegally, which he described as a setback for the economy and local manufacturers.
“Since these unpatriotic Nigerians are not ready to stop smuggling those banned items, we are also not ready to stop pursuing them until we rid our markets of such products,” he said.
NAFDAC Raids Kaduna Market, Seizes Unregistered Expired Tomato Paste Worth Over Nm 1 Million