Over the weekend, brodcasts on Whatsapp and Instagram posts was buzzing about the the Indian packaged garri by the TRS Brand.
A lady took the picture of the 500g in a supermarket and posted it online. The price tag shows the product is being sold for 450 Naira.
Diffent Nigerian stakeholders has aired their resentments on different platforms stating the fact that Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava and the country Nigeria still imports garri from India.
Insights reveal that the brand was produced by an Indian registered company in the United Kingdom, named TRS (Asia’s Finest Foods) founded by Taherally Rehmanji Suterwalla, one of the foremost importers of Asian food in Nigeria. It was also gathered that the products had no evidence of approval from the National Agency of Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
Reacting to this development, Nigerian stakeholders lamented the ineffectiveness of the regulatory bodies in charge of food importation, sale and distribution in the country.
This prompted the regulatory body to look into the issue. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) raided the shop located along Cameron Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, the agency’s officers visited the supermarket on Monday and seized 26 packs of the product for analysis.
“The product has no NAFDAC number. It is said to be from Ghana but packaged in the United Kingdom. The management of the supermarket has been invited for further discussion in our Lagos office and investigation continues,” she said in a text message in response to an enquiry by our correspondent.
Different details are unfolding as investigations on the issue is ongoing.