The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has closed down the operations of an Abuja based factory belonging to Apples and Pears Ltd, makers of some food products like Laziz vegetable oil, Laziz salad cream and Laziz mayonnaise, over expired products and unsafe food/product handling.
The Commission in a statement noted that expired products were in the retail and storage location facilities of the manufacturer. It regretted that food products purchased from the retail shop were expired even at the time of purchase.
In addition, the Commission, “uncovered what appears to be unapproved and unsafe production, decanting or repackaging of vegetable oil.
“The location in Abuja is currently under seal and will remain so until the Commission and the National Agency, Food, Drug and Administration Control [NAFDAC], have confiscated the expired or unwholesome products and are otherwise satisfied that Apples and Pears can, and will operate safely and legally,” FCCPC stated in the statement.
The Commission said further that investigations revealed that the Apples and Pears primary facility in Lagos-Ibadan expressway, “although locked, innocuous and without signage, the FCCPC identified the specific location in the nation’s capital where the company had stored its products, “ said the Chief Executive Officer of FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera.
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