There is no plastic fish in Nigeria – NAFDAC

After ‘thorough investigation and analysis’, NAFDAC has assured Nigerians that there is no ‘plastic fish’ anywhere in the country.

The agency says its investigation was triggered by a consumer who claimed to have bought a fish which refused to cook for several minutes.

It however urged Nigerians to report any suspected unwholesome product, including fish, for further investigation

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he National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says there is no plastic fish in circulation in Nigeria, NAN reports. NAFDAC management said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, April 5, that its findings followed “a thorough investigation and analysis of some unsuspected plastic fish samples’’ in its laboratory.

It was gathers that the agency 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. “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.”

Previously recall the report that a Nigerian man took to his Twitter page to narrate how he fell victim to fraudulent and despicable acts. According to his story, he bought frozen fish and tried to cook it. However, after a while of cooking, it still didn’t soften like normal fish would and that was went he realized that the fish he had purchased was fake fish that had plastic bones and foam as a replacement for flesh. The young man identified as Muhammad Salame reported the issue to NAFDAC. He subsequently disclosed that they had gone to the shop where he got it; and apparently, the seller was not aware of the type of fish he was selling.

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