Erisco Foods Limited, a Nigerian food manufacturer, has issued a statement in response to allegations made on Facebook regarding their Nagiko Tomato Mix variant.
A post by a user named Chioma Egodi claimed that the tomato paste contained an unhealthy amount of sugar, rendering it unfit for human consumption.
Chioma was picked up by the police and said to be currently cooling her heels in the police net.
The development has triggered controversy on social media with many calling for her immediate arrest.
The company, in a statement issued on Monday, said the lady was nabbed, due to their commitment to due process and their reputation as a credible organization, they have decided to bring the matter to the attention of relevant authorities.
The statement reads below;
The attention of Erisco Foods Limited has been drawn to a Facebook post by one Chioma Egodi inr on September 17, 2023, alleging that Nagiko Tomato Mix, one of the three tomato paste variants of Erisco Foods Limited, contains an unhealthy amount of sugar and therefore not fit for human consumption.
While this claim is untrue and unfounded in its entirety, we wish to put on record that Erisco Foods Limited from inception is built on the vision and mission to manufacture and promote healthy, wholly Made-in-Nigeria tomato products with the commitment to feeding not only Nigerians but also Africans with healthy foods.
Our initial reaction was to ignore and disregard the post which was obviously intended to mislead our esteemed customers and discredit the image of Erisco Foods Limited, as previously instigated by some elements and syndicates who are uncomfortable with our increasing market dominance as a leading indigenous manufacturer of 100% natural tomato pastes.
Considering, however, that Erisco Foods Limited has built a reputation as a credible organization committed to due process and the good of humanity, we have decided to bring the said publication to the attention of relevant authorities.
In light of the above, we wish to reiterate that Erisco Foods Limited is solely committed to the production of healthy tomato products including other products that have the full regulatory stamp and approval of NAFDAC and Standard Organization of Nigeria.
While we recognize the rights of our consumers to make genuine observations about our products, we want to thank our esteemed customers for their continued patronage of Erisco Foods Limited.
However, having built our reputation on healthy and quality products which have earned us both local and international awards including National Productivity Order of MeritAward, we will take all necessary actions against any malicious attack on our reputation.