Friday, 7 August 2015

Briefly: Operator of Illegal Factory with Expired Condiments Caught in Lagos

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arrested a 24–year-old, Mr. Victor Ebuka Okeke, operating an illegal factory within the Trade Fair Complex in Lagos, with various expired food condiments worth millions of naira.

The leader of the NAFDAC enforcement team, Mr. Shaba Mohammed, said the suspect was caught re-validating the expiry dates of Maggi Arome sauce and Amoy Soy sauce, smuggled into the country from Ghana, from 2014 to August 2016. The suspect was changing labels of Costa corned beef to Exeter corned beef while some of the expired products were manufactured on 15/08/2011 and expired on 15/08/2014.
 Mohammed said consuming such products could lead to terminal diseases, such as liver and kidney ailments, which are on the rise in the country.
The suspect had refused to provide information regarding the whereabouts of over 902 cartons of expired Maggi sauce and the agency would charge him to court for counterfeiting Mohammed added
 Okeke, who hails from Njikoka in Anambra State, said he was forced to re-validate the dates to recover the money he spent in importing the products.
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