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Consumer Protection Commission, NAFDAC raid skincare facility in Lagos

Prof. Adeyeye (NAFDAC) and Mr. Irukera (FCCPC)

Isola Moses

Operatives of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Wednesday, December 4, 2019, conducted a joint operation at the skin care facility in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria, following prior surveillance.

A statement by FCCPC stated the measure was in pursuant to Sections 17 (m)(t)(x)(y) and 18 (b)(c)(d)(f) of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2018, in regard to irregularities by any manufacturers or producers and distributors of consumer products in the country.

The two regulatory agencies effected the raid having received multiple credible information about possible inappropriate or hazardous beauty treatment (including a purported “instant body wash”) occurring at a location in Lagos.

During the dawn raid, operatives removed different skin care products and chemicals for laboratory analysis and ordered an interim suspension of operation, and use of unapproved products/chemicals and procedures.

Commenting on the development in a statement, Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Chief Executive Officer, FCCPC, advised consumers against “the use of untested, uncertified and unapproved procedures, which may result in potential adverse effects and permanent injury.”

“Consumers should, therefore, proceed with an abundance of caution and circumspection when considering skincare and other beauty treatment,” he emphasised.

The FCCPC Chief Executive Officer, nonetheless, said “further investigative actions are ongoing” in respect of the affected skincare facility.

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