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Customs alerts Nigerians to presence of poisonous tomato paste

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has raised the alarm on the presence of six containers of expired and low-quality Iranian tomato paste branded as “Shirin Asal my tomato paste” in the country, urging government agencies to effectively collaborate with it to contain the menace.

In a memo to various agencies signed by DCG TM Isa, the NCS said instead of the brix 27-29 recommended, brix 20-22 was allegedly imported into the country by MTV Investment Limited.

It said: “Consumption of the paste is said to be harmful to human health. “Consequently, all CACs are directed to put an appropriate mechanism in place to debar entry of the said paste and liaise with relevant agencies to forestall distribution and consumption.”


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