The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCP, formerly known as the Consumer Protection Commission, has today Thursday the 13th August 2020, sealed the business location of Apples & Pears Ltd in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory after uncovering a great amount of expired and near expiration products in both their Abuja warehouse office and their primary facility at the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, and unapproved, unsafe vegetable oil production, decanting and repackaging practice at the Abuja warehouse. The products are Laziz Salad Cream, Laziz Mayonnaise, Laziz Thousand Islands Salad Cream, and Laziz Vegetable Oil in satchets. Most of the products were found to be expired while a few were several days from expiration.
The FCCP had set into action after a concerned consumer noticed that the products being sold were expired. The consumer purchased the vegetable oil from their Abuja store and realised that it was expired, and on 11th August 2020 informed the Commission about it.
The Commission, upon investigation and observations, uncovered the company’s primary facility at the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, observing that the facility was not only locked up, it was innocuous and did not bear any signpost to indicate its existence.
The Commission said that the Abuja office will remain sealed until the time both the FCCP and NAFDAC are satisfied that the company can operate with regards to approved guidelines and procedures.
The Nigerian market is often ridden with products that are near expiration or which have expired but their expiration dates are concealed with phony manufacturing dates and expiration dates.
The Commission is calling on consumers and customers to provide them or NAFDAC with appropriate information regarding products they suspect are unsafe and unwholesome, to enable them enforce their responsibilities to protect consumers against unwholesome products.