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FCCPC Seals Apples & Pears Business Location for Expired Food Products

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FCCPC Seals Apples & Pears Business Location for Expired Food Products

 

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), on Thursday, sealed off the Abuja branch of Apples and Pears Limited with head office on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway after finding out it was selling expired products in Abuja, BlackBox Nigeria can report.

 

According to a statement signed by its Chief Executive Officer, Babatunde Irukera, on Thursday, the agency decided to seal off the Abuja office after visiting the head office on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and found it locked despite having expired products in it. The agency said it  will do everything to bring those behind the expired products to book.

According to the statement issued via its Twitter handle, FCCPC said “On Tuesday, August 11, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) became aware of representations appearing to show that a consumer (and presumably others) purchased Laziz vegetable oil in sachets produced by Apples and Pears Limited from their retail/storage location in Abuja.

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


“Upon further investigation and reconnaissance, the commission discovers the company’s primary facility on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Although locked, innocuous and without signage, the commission also identified the specific location in Abuja where the company had stored its products.

“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. In addition, the commission uncovered what appears to be unapproved and unsafe production, decanting or repackaging of vegetable oil at the Abuja location.

 

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

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