THE EDUCATOR - April 06

No plastic fish in Nigeria says NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has said there is no plastic fish in circulation in Nigeria.


NAFDAC Management said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday that its finding followed “a thorough investigation and analysis of some unsuspected plastic fish samples’’ in its laboratory.

The agency said, “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 a 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 a 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.’’