NAFDAC seals off retail outlets for selling unregistered vegetable oil

*Unregistered outlets have sold more than 2.2 million litres of ‘unverified vegetable oil’ to consumers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For selling more than 2.2 million litres of what the regulatory agency called ‘unverified vegetable oil’ to the Nigerian public, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down two vegetable oil packaging retail outlets in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

Mrs. Roselyn Ajayi, Kwara State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Wednesday, August 5 in Ilorin, disclosed that the closure was preceded by a tip-off that led to the discovery of the outlets which are located at Adabata and Stadium Road, Ilorin.

Agency report says that the outlets, which NAFDAC has classified as unregistered, have sold over 2.2 million litres of ‘unverified vegetable oil’ to consumers.

Mrs. Ajayi said: “We were tipped off by some concerned citizens, and we investigated and found out that the individuals were engaged in packaging and selling vegetable oil whose sources are unverifiable.

“Investigation revealed that one of the marketers acquired more than 2.2 million litres of unverified vegetable oil and selling it to the public.

“Those involved were caught packaging and placing labels of unregistered brands on the product.”

The NAFDAC State Coordinator explained that the source of the vegetable oil could not be verified even though the labels suggested that they were manufactured in Malaysia.

Those involved had been arrested, and the facilities locked, while the agency would take appropriate regulatory sanctions on individuals found guilty of violating the laws, stated Ajayi.

She assured the public that efforts are continually on at ensuring safety, quality and wholesomeness of processed foods through regular routine monitoring of production.

According to her, it has become imperative for the public to always ensure that any packaged foods and drugs they would buy should be with NAFDAC-approved label.

The agency observed that some individuals would go as far as faking NAFDAC registration numbers, saying, that any product that “is registered by NAFDAC will also carry the registration number.”

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