Consumer Safety: How plastic bottles exposed to Sunlight cause cancer – LASCOPA

*Afolabi Solebo, General Manager of the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency, notes the government is keen on ensuring both traders and consumers are enlightened on the health hazard of consuming plastic bottled drinks already exposed to Sunlight

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of the market regulator’s public education programmes, the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) has said the exposure of plastic bottles to sunlight can increase the risk of cancer, hormonal imbalance, and gastrointestinal issues, among other health conditions.

Afolabi Solebo, Esq, General Manager of LASCOPA, in a statement issued Tuesday, November 2, 2022, said the Lagos State Government plan planning to engage sellers and consumers of plastic bottled drinks through advocacy and sensitisation programmes on the dangers of such practices.

Solebo states the Lagos State Government (LASG) has no intention of banning the sale of plastic bottled drinks as as suggested in a report in the social media.

The LASCOPA General Manager also said: “The Government is keen on ensuring that both consumers and traders are educated and enlightened on the health hazard of consuming plastic bottled drinks that have been exposed to Sunlight.”

Solebo further noted that the essence of the display of plastic bottles by sellers is to create awareness of the availability of their product or merchandise

He, therefore, urged manufacturers and producers alike to make available alternative dummy bottles to retailers of plastic bottle drinks for use as product display instead of the actual plastic bottled drinks being exposed to Sunlight.

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