In a bid to combat counterfeiting and unwholesome foods in the country, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down a food manufacturing company over revalidation of expired Curry and Thyme spices.
The operatives of the Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of the Agency received a tip-off and acted immediately by invading the main warehouse and factory of Every Rose Limited, manufacturers of SomGeo brand of spices located at Petu Village, Cele 2, Bus Stop Off Ibeju-Lekki, and No. 23, Tunji Lekki, Bello Street, Penuncular Stream 2, Lekki, Lagos respectively.
Following the operation, the agency discovered large quantities of expired Curry and Thyme spices were stored in the warehouse with packaging materials, labels as well as stamps that were being used to illegally revalidate the already expired products (Spices).
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye reportedly expressed her displeasure while condemning the act and disclosing that the company sanctioned accordingly for endangering public health.
Adeyeye reportedly said that the two locations visited were sealed and placed on hold, adding that the company staff found revalidating the aforementioned products at the factory have been apprehended and taken to NAFDAC Investigation & Enforcement office for further investigation.
According to NAFDAC’s records, the company located at 19, Adelajo Ojo Crescent, Magodo, Lagos, registered 16 different products for listing under the brand name SOMGEO and these include SOMGEO Ginger Powder, SOMGEO Garlic Powder, SOMGEO Thyme Leaves, and SOMGEO Mixed Spices Powder amongst others which, however, expired on December 5, 2017.
Adeyeye reportedly warned unscrupulous manufacturers and marketers to desist from this act as the agency would stop at nothing to track down the illicit merchants wherever they are within the country.