The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) says it has sealed the business location of a company known as Apples and Pears for allegedly selling expired and unsafe food products to the public.
A statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer of FCCPC, Mr Babatunde Irukera notes that a consumer, purchased Laziz vegetable oil in sachets produced by the company from their retail and storage location in Abuja and the food products purchased were expired, even at the time of purchase.
It states that Upon further investigation the Commission discovered the company’s primary facility on the Lagos-Ibadan Express Way although locked, and without signage, the Commission also identified the specific location in Abuja where the company had stored its products.
It further states that having sufficient initial evidence to proceed on enforcement, the Commission conducted investigations at both the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, and Abuja location and discovered inexplicable inventories of Laziz salad cream, Laziz mayonnaise, Laziz vegetable oil in sachets, and what appears to be unapproved and unsafe production involving repackaging of vegetable oil at the Abuja location.
The statement says the FCCPC has sealed the Abuja location and it will remain sealed until the Commission and NAFDAC have confiscated the expired or unwholesome products, and are otherwise satisfied that Apples and Pears will operate safely and legally.