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Semovita Does Not Contain Plastic Materials ―NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has debunked news circulating on social media that Semovita contains plastic materials.

The Agency in a press statement stated that its investigation results showed that there was no plastic or any similar harmful contaminants in Golden Penny Semovita.

NAFDAC press statement in full:

The attention of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been drawn to a social media video showing a woman washing Golden Penny Semovita in a sieve using cold water.

The woman claimed that the residue she got after sieving was plastic.


Upon receiving the alerts from various quarters in the community, the Director General immediately gave a directive to conduct emergency post-marketing analysis using different brands of Semolina. 

The Agency has investigated this claim by conducting appropriate analytical testing in her internationally accredited laboratories.

The results showed that there was no plastic or any similar harmful contaminants in Golden Penny Semovita.

It contained the expected components plus the required Vitamin A. 

NAFDAC, therefore, wishes to inform the general public that the claim in the social media video is false and misleading.

The alleged Golden Penny Semovita is a brand of semolina, a very popular flour made from wheat and consumed in several parts of the world. Semolina contains mainly water, carbohydrates, and the protein, gluten.


Gluten is made up of two classes of proteins – glutenin and gliadin, which upon addition of water combine to form gluten, a protein that gives nutritive value and imparts other characteristic properties to the product.

Glutenin normally gives a bread dough the ability to rise during baking while gliadin gives it the viscous and elastic (viscoelastic) properties, or it simply makes it extensible and elastic.

This latter property is the rubbery/plastic-like appearance that was exhibited in the said video. Semolina has no plastic content in it; it only exhibits viscous and elastic properties.

Golden Penny Semovita is manufactured by Flour Mills of Nigeria, a registered company which has been granted marketing authorization by NAFDAC to manufacture the product and offer for sale in Nigeria.

The company’s operations were certified by NAFDAC after meeting the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS).

NAFDAC wishes to reassure the public that Golden Penny Semovita and indeed all other semolina products registered by the Agency are safe for human consumption having being so approved by the Agency, following  science-driven regulatory diligence.

There is no cause for apprehension by consumers as such approved products are manufactured in line with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and in compliance with the Nigerian industrial Standards, which is continuously monitored by NAFDAC.

Members of the public are implored to exercise discretion in the use of social media to address any suspicion they may have on regulated products. Resorting to social media has tendency to cause fear and panic.

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