The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) with the aims and objectives is to provide assistance in the production of quality goods, vetting of standards relating to products and promotion of quality products to the public.
Today in there fight against counterfeit products, fake and expire product in the market; carried out search and caught a perpetrators of production of expired cosmetics and wine importer.
The perpetrator engaged in changing expire labels with a new label on products thereby misleading innocent buyers and the general public.
The Perpetrator of this illicit and unlawful act are Mr. Udeh Joseph, a office address at Apapa in Lagos State, is said to be a major dealer in popular cosmetics and home products.
Upon further investigation it was discovered that the perpetrator used a storey building in residential axis to perpetrate this unlawful act of changing expired products label with a new label. Upon further enquiry it was discovered that the perpetrator used the said building for storage facilities for products.
The products found in the building include but not limited to the following : detergents, baby diapers, sterilizing liquid for babies, washing powder, various brands of sanitary wares for women and men, nail cleaner, body moisturize cream, children and adult pants, body deodorants, soft drinks and wines.
These expired items were piled in paper cartons in the building.
Some of these expired products of wine, children products and other cosmetics expired sometime in 2004, 2013 – 2016.
The perpetrator said that “We invite NAFDAC every year to come and destroy the expired goods, but they do not come as often as we need them to and sometimes when they come, they would insist on destroying only a limited number, two truckloads of goods, maybe,”
“What he is saying is not even logical. If he invited NAFDAC to destroy the products, why is he then changing the labeling on them?” she wondered.
The Director-General/Chief Executive of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Osita A. Aboloma through his representative Mr. Bede Obayi, Head, Inspectorate and Compliance, disclosed to journalist that the perpetrator would face the full wrath of the law.
He said “The volume of the goods that expired is inestimable. They are worth millions of naira.
“We are going to carry out further investigation and process of recall to those people that they have supplied the status of the products and the expiry dates.
He further said that SON “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.
“Imagine a product that should be used in wrapping up a baby in 2017 has expired in 2015; what will be the effect on the baby? Of course, it would be negative reaction on the baby,” he said.
“We have baby powder that had expired since 2013 and four years after, the products are still going into the market.
“When they sell, they remove the expiry dates and put new dates to deceive the unsuspecting consumers and when you buy these products, you think they are products that can help you, not knowing that they are products that would cause you all sorts of diseases.”
Many innocent people suffer without knowing the root causes of their illnesses, maintaining that importers of these expired products are killing and robbing innocent Nigerians of their hard-earned money. He further states that he lamented the implication of the expired goods for babies and others who may eventually buy and use them.
“This is not acceptable to SON and we cannot take this.”
The officials of Standard Organisation of Nigeria therefore urge the general public to be very calm at checking expire date on product and report any suspicious dealer and importers of fake drugs into the country.