Few hours ago, The Nigeria Customs Service has revealed that six containers of ‘poisonous’ Iranian tomato paste, branded and packaged as Shirin Asal my tomato paste, have arrived Nigerian seaports for onward clearance into local markets.
The NCS has, therefore, raised the alarm and attentions concerning the arrival of this dangerous tomato paste from Iran, urging other government agencies to work with the service in order to ensure it does not get into the Nigerian big/ local markets.
According to sources gotten at the ports, the six containers arrived at the nation’s seaports via a ship named Investment Limited, and are awaiting clearance by concerned government agencies.
“We heard that the tomato paste are poisonous. But they have arrived at the ports, and might get cleared except the customs liaise with other government agencies at the ports. You know that most of these government agencies operate independently at the ports.
“The six containers contain products that fall under the jurisdiction of cargoes examined by the NAFDAC. So, if the NAFDAC does not synergise with customs, some of them might just find their way into our markets,” a clearing agent who begged not to have his name in print told Sunday Tribune.
However, in a move to stop the tomato paste from entering into Nigerian markets, the NCS, in a memo signed by the Deputy Comptroller General Tarrif & Trade to all customs commands, warned that all efforts must be put in place.