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SON arrests suspected dealer of expired items

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Saturday, arrested a suspected dealer of expired household items kept in two buildings in Kirikiri, Lagos following a tip-off.

The items belonged to Julf Ventures Nigeria Ltd as the arrest was made by both SON and police operatives.

Osita Aboloma, director-general of SON represented by Bede Obayi, director of inspectorate and compliance, said the discovery was disheartening.

“We acted on the intelligence we received from well-meaning Nigerians. You can see the volume of expired products here and imagine their implications on our society in terms of health issues.

“When somebody buys expired cream, what does it show? You are applying cream that the active ingredient had gone and that may cause reactions on the skin.

“We promise Nigerians that we will carry out investigation and ensure that the products that have left the warehouse to different shops all over the country are properly traced and withdrawn from circulation.

“Due to the support of other regulatory agencies and the Nigeria Police Force, we were able to discover two other warehouses belonging to the same company based on a tip-off,” Aboloma said.

Mr Kingsley Ejiofor, director of investigation and enforcement, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), described the act as “illicit trade by unscrupulous Nigerian importers”.

Source: Channels News

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