The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has Friday warned Nigerians to stop the consumption of rotten tomatoes to avoid cancer.
Christiana Essenwa, a Deputy Director with the agency, said this in an interview with NAN in Onitsha.
Essenwa said rotten tomatoes contain micro-organisms that causes cancer.
She said the bad tomatoes have micro-organisms, mostly fungi, and fungi in rotten tomatoes produce mycotoxins which are deadly and induce cancer.
“Mycotoxins are deadly, and can cause all sorts of poisoning in the body,” the director said.
She added that some research suggested that mycotoxins could also cause kidney damage.
The deputy director said some people think that rotten tomatoes are cheap and can be consumed after washing and heating.
But Essenwa made it clear that the toxins could not be washed or killed by heating “because mycotoxins are heat-resistant.”
She, therefore, advised consumers to keep-off rotten tomatoes often sold cheap in the market, saying “it was better to spend money to prolong life than to use such money to buy death.”