Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FCCPC

Regulator seals off business premises over expired inventories, unsafe products

*FCCPC uncovers unapproved, unsafe production, decanting, or repackaging of vegetable oil by Apple & Pears Limited, says CEO Babatunde Irukera

*Encourages consumers to exercise their prerogatives, discretion to notify Commission of unsafe, illegal, or unsatisfactory conducts

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Subsequent to its discovery of expired and expiring inventories as well as poor handing of food items in the location and the need to protect the wellbeing of consumers, Nigeria’s Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) says it has shut down the retail/storage location of Apple & Pears Limited, an FMCG manufacturer located in Shagamu, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, in the South-region of the country.

Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the FCCPC, in a statement Thursday, August 13 said that the Commission took the action pursuant to Sections 17(g), (m), (s), (t), (x); 123(1)(c); 131 of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act (FCCPA).

According to Irukera, the regulatory agency became aware of representations appearing to show that a consumer, (and presumably others) purchased Laziz vegetable oil in sachets produced by Apple & Pears Limited from their retail/storage location in Abuja, FCT.

The representation suggested that the food products purchased were expired, even at the time of purchase, he stated.

The statement disclosed that upon the Commission’s further investigation and reconnaissance, the Commission discovered the company’s primary facility is along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the South-West region of the country.

The CEO of the FCCPC said although locked, innocuous and without signage, the Commission also identified the specific location in Abuja where the company had stored its products for sale.

“Having sufficient initial evidence to proceed on enforcement, the Commission conducted investigations at both the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, and Abuja locations. “The Commission discovered unreasonably large and inexplicable inventories of Laziz salad cream, Laziz mayonnaise, Laziz vegetable oil in sachets, and Laziz Thousand Island salad cream,” he noted.

Irukera further noted that the Commission uncovered what appears to be “unapproved and unsafe production, decanting, or repackaging of vegetable oil at the Abuja location.

He stated: “The location in Abuja is currently under seal by the Commission, and will remain so until the Commission and NAFDAC have confiscated the expired or unwholesome products, and are otherwise satisfied that Apples and Pears can, and will operate safely and legally.”

The Commission commends the patriotism of those who bring the pieces of information to the Commission’s attention, as it encourages consumers to exercise their prerogatives and discretion to notify the Commission of conduct that is considered unsafe, illegal, or unsatisfactory.

If you see something, say something, said the regulator.

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