CPC makes inquiry into Blue Band product

By Editor on 02/04/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 3,587


The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) says it has opened an inquiry into aspects of Blue Band products.

It stated that the inquiry would determine product safety and clarify some aspects of the manufacturer’s statements on Blue Band “Spread for Bread”.

The CPC Director General, Mr Babatunde Irukera, said this in a statement issued by the organisation on Sunday in Abuja,

He said that the purpose of the inquiry was to ensure that the products, differentiated or otherwise, were safe and subjected to proper processes and “in-trade” handling consistent with the different properties and characteristics of each product.

This is in reaction to a short demonstration video on social media showing how Blue Band “Spread for Bread” reacts under certain heat conditions.

He said that the video or the impression it conveyed had become the subject of anxiety and intense controversy.

“It suggests that the product, which the narrator considers a functional equivalent of “Blue Band Original”, is unsafe because when subjected to high temperature in boiling water, it did not melt or dissolve.

“Available scientific information confirms that though butter, margarine and spread appear similar and share similar components, in characteristics and uses, they are different products available to consumers.

“Butter and margarine share a particular similar characteristic, low resistance to heat, and as such both are likely to melt when subjected to certain levels of heat.”

Irukera, however, said that spreads had varying heat resistance, depending on intended use and production process.

He said that as a result, it could not be necessarily unsafe that a spread does not melt under similar heat conditions as butter or margarine.

He said spreads were produced in part by adding emulsifiers which  we’re additives used in stabilizing and binding processed foods.

“They are not inherently unsafe or uncommon. The specific emulsifying agent and amount used largely depends on many factors including shelf life, storage, handling and climatic conditions in order to prevent microbial activity.”

Irukera said that the manufacturer of the product had made a statement seeking to address public concern by differentiating its products and explaining the purposes of the two different products.

He also said that the organisation would continue to collaborate with the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) regarding applicable safety standards of butter and margarine.

He added that consumption of butter, margarine or spreads generally are not unsafe.

Posted 02/04/2018 06:05:54 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Nigerian woman Owoeye jailed in UK for £114,000...

Ekweremadu Scores APC Low, Decries Unprecedented Debt Profile...

Sam Udekwe elected Enugu NUJ Chairman in free,...

EFCC nabs immigration superintendent for employment scam in...

Gov. Diri appoints Aproko as Special Assistant on...

Female student burnt alive in Sokoto for insulting...

COVID-19: ‘Kogi worst testing state with 250 samples’...

Issuance of Bench Warrant against me an abuse...

Osinachi’s husband, Nwachukwu killed Ekwueme singer – Brother...

Buhari fit to contest in 2019 – Presidency...

DSS report won’t stop solidarity rally, Labour tells...

CBN to unify exchange rates, pegs naira at...

 

Latest News Yahaya Bello orders closure of brothels, bans use of face masks in Kogi ‘US kills terrorists, Nigeria pampers them’ - Femi Fani-Kayode Residents flee as unknown gunmen kill 7 in Imo Suspect who beat Nigerian to death in Italy arrested 2023: Lalong, Oshiomhole lead APC’s campaign team Bandits: We’ll continue to fight for justice – Southern Kaduna 2023: Obi support group slams Tinubu for wishing Peter Obi and supporters dead, tells INEC to call him to order Terror fears force NRC to suspend Lagos-Kano, Ajaokuta train services FG purchases N1.4bn vehicles for Niger Republic, justifies action NBC fines DSTV, TSTV, NTA, Trust TV N20m over Documentary on Banditry ...Says fines must be paid in 27 days Gunmen kidnap gold miner in Osun, demand N100m ransom NASS vs Buhari: Uncertainty as Buhari faces impeachment threat in last days

 

Most Read Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (427,982 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (427,981 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (427,981 views) I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (427,981 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (427,980 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (427,980 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (427,979 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (427,978 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (427,976 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (420,096 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (356,374 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (355,310 views)

 

 

SECTIONS FAITH (159) EDITORIAL (25) NEWS (9,907) POLITICS (519) SOCIETY (135) SPORTS (67) BUSINESS (380) HEALTH (63) EDUCATION (53) ENTERTAINMENT (65) INTERNATIONAL (232) TECHNOLOGY (8) COLUMNISTS (57) LETTERS (4) OPINION (47)

 

 


There are no video entries posted yet.