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Food Safety: FCCPC shuts Abuja supermarket over stock of unhealthy, weevil-infested rice

FCCPC Enforcement Team Evacuates 97 Bags of Unhealthy Rice from 4U Supermarket, in Abuja, FCT Photo: FCCPC

*Nigeria’s Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission discloses its Enforcement Officers have sealed off 4U Supermarket located at Wuse 2, Abuja, ‘for obnoxious practices, information concealment, and the sale of substandard bags of weevil-infested rice’ unhealthy for human consumption

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In its continued offensive against counterfeit products, other commodities, and unfair trade practices to protect the Nigerian consumers, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has sealed off “4U Supermarket”, a foreign superstore, located at Wuse 2, in Abuja, FCT.

ConsumerConnect reports the market regulatory Commission disclosed it shut the supermarket Thursday, April 18, 2024, “for obnoxious practices, information concealment, and the sale of substandard bags of rice.”

When sealing off the supermarket Thursday, Dr. Adamu Abdullahi, Acting Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of FCCPC, described the situation as “unacceptable”.

The FCCPC also stated that in its commitment to addressing rising prices and protecting consumers, the Commission conducted what it described as “targeted enforcement operations” at two branches of 4U Supermarket in Abuja.

It noted: “Discoveries made during the operation included discrepancies between displayed and checkout prices, as well as the sale of weevil-infested rice.”

The also assured consumers, that similar exercises would be conducted in both formal and informal markets across Nigeria, in order to eliminate unfair trade practices, such as collusion, price gouging, price fixing, and the formation of cartels.

“The Commission temporarily sealed, and re-opened the supermarket after evacuating 97 bags of substandard rice, mainly Royal Stallion and Caprice brands, which have not been produced in the country since 2018. This raises suspicions that the products were repackaged to deceive consumers,” FCCPC stated in its verified X account.

Meanwhile, the Commission has said the Management of the supermarket would be required to sign undertakings of compliance over its unfair trade practice in the country.

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