The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has dismissed rumours of plastic fish in Nigeria.
The Agency’s spokesman, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said there is no plastic fish in circulation in Nigeria. And its finding followed “a thorough investigation and analysis of some unsuspected plastic fish samples’’ in its laboratory.
He said that “the investigation was triggered by a report from a consumer in Abuja who claimed that he bought a fish which refused to cook when set on fire for several minutes.
The suspected sample of the fish, after thorough investigation, was confirmed to contain protein and fat which is normal to fish.
“The fish was, however, found to be unwholesome due to serious bacterial contamination, NAFDAC said.
“While encouraging Nigerians to watch carefully the kind of fish they buy, it is however important to stress that there is no plastic fish in Nigeria.’’
The management noted that few weeks ago, there had been the circulation of suspected plastic fish in some parts of the world on the social media but stressed that no single case had been found in Nigeria, so far.
The agency urged Nigerians to“ report any suspected unwholesome product, including fish to the nearest NAFDAC office for further investigation’’.