SON to recall expired household consumables circulated by syndicates
Following a raid conducted by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on buildings being used to warehouse expired household consumables, the agency has concluded plans to recall many of the products already in circulation.
Indeed, SON raided a three storey building of 14 flats located at Kirikiri Village in Lagos, to seize expired household consumables and cosmetics worth billions of naira imported by a syndicate and expert dealing in substandard and expired products.
The agency noted that to mitigate further effects of such products consumption, it has put in place a vigorous process of recall to get the products out of circulation.
Products discovered at the warehouse include baby diapers, body creams, sanitary pads, detergents and other household items with expiration dates as late as 2013.
The Director of Inspectorate and Compliance, Bede Obayi, explained that the agency courtesy of a tip off, discovered the warehouse stocked with all sorts of expired products, pointing out that when a product loses its active ingredients, it means the product has lost its efficacy and can no longer be used for the purpose it was meant for.
He said as a result of this, the importer would face the wrath of the new SON act number 14 of 2015 which gives the agency the power to prosecute.
He added: “What we have discovered is a dubious warehouse where people are churning out products to markets as well as also supplying to supermarkets. We are going to carry out further investigation and process of recall to those people that they have supplied, while noting the status of the products and the expiry dates.
“We have our offices throughout the nation and we are going to escalate the recall process immediately when we get all the details of their transactions. Anywhere we find these products in circulation, SON must get there to pick them at the cost of this importer. SON can no longer tolerate this nefarious act and people who are out to kill Nigerians in the name of merchandise. This is not acceptable to SON and we cannot take this”.
He noted that many innocent people suffer without knowing the root causes of their illnesses, maintaining that the importer of these expired products are killing Nigerians and robbing innocent Nigerians of their hard earned money.