NICRAT worried over carcinogenic compound in indomie – DG 


The Director General/CEO of National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (NICRAT), Professor Usman Malami Aliyu, has expressed concern over the revelation of the alleged presence of a carcinogenic compound (Ethylyne Oxide) in Indomie Instant Noodles ‘Special Chicken Flavour’.

He stated this in a press statement issued Wednesday in Abuja.

He commended the prompt intervention of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to carry out comprehensive investigation to ascertain the magnitude of the situation, adding that NICRAT’s review of Ethylyne Oxide shows that the compound has grave consequences to human health, especially, when consumed.

Professor Aliyu stated further that in-dept review of Ethylyne Oxide indicated that it is a highly reactive chemical that is used as a raw material to make other compounds such as glycol ethers and polyglycol ethers, as well as a range of emulsifiers, detergents, and solvents.

“Ethylene oxide is also widely used as a fumigant for cleaning culinary goods, including spices. It is also frequently used to disinfect medical equipment, particularly those that might be harmed by heat sterilisation.

“Our review revealed that there is sufficient evidence in experimental animals for the carcinogenicity of ethylene oxide, and there is strong evidence that the carcinogenicity of ethylene oxide, a direct-acting alkylating agent, operates by a genotoxic mechanism,” he said.

NICRAT, created by an Act in 2017 as an agency with the mandate to prevent, conduct research and treat cancers in Nigeria, is deeply worried that, if some brands of Indomie noodles contain ethylyne oxide, Nigerians should expect an escalation of various forms of cancers in the months or years ahead.