The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has raised an alarm over the importation of expired and low quality tomato paste from Iran.

In a memo with reference number,NCS/T&T/021/S.112/Vol 11, dated 5th July, 2019 tagged, “Re: Importation of expired Iranian Tomato paste”, obtained by IVOTES the Comptroller General of the service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) directed all Customs Area Comptrollers, head of the Federal Operations Units and head of units at all seaports, airports and land borders to be be at alert.

The memo which was signed by the Deputy Comptroller General, Tariff and Trade, Isa Talatu directed strict compliance by the service heads.

The memo reads, “it has been reported that six containers of expired and low quality Iranian tomato paste , SHIRIN ASAL MY TOMATO with brix 20-22 instead of the recommended brix 27-29 has been imported into the country by M.T.V investment limited.”

“Consumption of the paste is said to be harmful to human health. Consequently, all CAC’s are directed to out appropriate mechanism in place to debar entry of the said paste and liase with relevant agencies to forestall distribution and consumption.”

“Ensure wide circulation and strict compliance please.”

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