NAFDAC Confirms No Plastic Particles in Golden Penny Semovita and Semolina Products

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has concluded its investigation and confirmed that there are no plastic particles present in Golden Penny Semovita and other semolina products in Nigeria.

In a statement issued by the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, it was assured that consumers have no reason to be concerned. The approved semolina products are manufactured in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and comply with the Nigerian Industrial Standards, which are continuously monitored by NAFDAC.

NAFDAC emphasized that the approved semolina products, including Golden Penny Semovita, are safe for human consumption, having undergone rigorous scientific evaluation and regulatory scrutiny.

The statement was issued in response to a social media video showing a woman washing Golden Penny Semovita in a sieve. The woman claimed that the residue left in the sieve was plastic. NAFDAC explained that a similar video had surfaced in 2020, prompting the agency to address the issue.

NAFDAC clarified that semolina, a key ingredient in Golden Penny Semovita and other semolina products, consists mainly of water, carbohydrates, and gluten-forming proteins. These proteins, glutenin and gliadin, combine with water to form gluten, which gives the product its characteristic properties and nutritional value.

The agency confirmed that semolina does not contain any plastic content. The rubbery material observed in the video after multiple washings is the gluten that forms when the gluten-forming proteins mix with water.

Golden Penny Semovita is manufactured by Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, a registered company authorized by NAFDAC to produce and sell the product in Nigeria. The company’s operations have been certified by NAFDAC, ensuring compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS).

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NAFDAC urged the public to use discretion when addressing concerns about regulated products on social media. Resorting to social media can potentially cause fear and panic. Instead, individuals are advised to contact the nearest NAFDAC office or reach out to NAFDAC through its online channels for clarification or further information.

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