Customs did not invite us to test Oyo rice, says NAFDAC

COVID-19 Palliative: Oyo govt returns 'infested' rice to FG

Following claims made by the Humanitarian Affairs minister, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk that the 1,800 bags of rice donated to Oyo government were approved and certified for human consumption, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Tuesday countered the claims saying it did not conduct any test on the rice distributed to some South-West states by the Nigeria Customs as COVID-19 palliative.

Recall that the Oyo State government a few days ago announced that it was returning the 1,800 bags of rice given to the state by the Federal Government through the Customs because it was bad and not fit for human consumption.

Meanwhile, speaking on Channels TV on Tuesday evening, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control's Director General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency did not certify the rice for consumption because it was not invited to test it.

NAFDAC boss stressed that the agency tested and certified only rice distributed in Ikeja, Lagos State and Idi-Iroko, Ogun State, but was not asked to test and certify the one in Ibadan from where other South-West states got their allocations.

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