There are indications that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) might ban the importation of tomato paste from China.
This is following a startling revelation from a research carried out by the Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FSAN) office of the agency.
According to Sahara reporters, the tomato pastes which are imported from China, fall below the required standard.
The minimum requirement specified by the Codex Alimentarius Standards and Nigerian Industrial Standards is that tomato pastes should have at least 28% tomato content.
The FSAN research revealed that out of 316 packs of tomato pastes purchased in Lagos and tested, 218 of them had less than the minimum requirement (28%) of tomato in them.
The research also accused tomato paste companies of working with Chinese companies to sell unwholesome tomato pastes to Nigerians.
FSAN has also called for the ban in the importation of tomato pastes from China.
NAFDAC recently shut 16 herbal medicine facilities and seized products in Onitsha, Anambra.