This is not the first time that China would send shock waves around the world about selling toxic food. Some years ago, the USA put a ban on a baby milk from China that had caused baby deaths and put thousands of babies in hospitals in China. Reason? The milk was found to have been adulterated with melamine, a compound used in plastic manufacturing process.
There have also been cases of watered-down baby formula.
This scare should send a great caution to Nigerians who would buy anything packaged for cooking in market places – at least in my part of the country.
About two months ago, I stopped somebody from buying some concoction packaged in a sachet supposedly to be used in cooking inawo (party) food. I told her anything food product from China is a no-no for me, and I mentioned to her something being sold in Nigeria for N25 – not up to twenty US cents – 20% of $1) after having been produced, shipped, custom-excised, et cetera and sold for that amount must be crap.
Generally, I cook with only fresh ingredients, including making the popular Nigerian jollof rice: just cook the stew and add all the thyme, curries … taste is the same! If you have to use canned products, may be you should always check country of origin.
I’ve found a lot of imported things in Nigeria’s market places do not contain countries of manufacture or origin despite NAFDAC (the country’s food licensing body). If a product has no country of origin, I take it that the country has no pride in her products and I stay away from such purchases.
Nigerians, especially southerners – and particularly Yorubas – are fond of eating excessive quantities of meat, and with their savvy at rustling perhaps some of the tastiest stewed meat in the world, anything meat is always desired.
Here is the Washington Post story that is the basis for this post:
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016. 6:40 a.m. [GMT]