The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Niger State has destroyed four hundred and thirty-four expired goods worth over N2 million including electrical cables, fair and white cream, food, beverages, ice cream cones, bread improvements, and additives, and Tokunbo automobile tyres.
Niger State SON Coordinator, Mrs. Hauwa Nuhu Yusuf reportedly said that the 434 items were destroyed at the Niger State dumpsite in Maikunkele in Bosso Local Government Area of the state.
According to Hauwa, the items were confiscated in 2019 as most of the products were expired and seized from supermarkets, shops, and automobile shops in the case of the tyres.
Hauwa reportedly said that “destroying the tyres will pose pollution in the environment, we have an understanding with NESREA to give the tyres to recycling plants who will recycle them, but we will destroy other items not fit for consumption. After the market surveillance where the products were seized, samples were taken to the laboratory for conformity evaluation and they came out very bad.”
Hauwa reportedly advised the public to always take note of the expiry dates before purchasing goods from the market in order to safeguard their lives.
Hauwa reportedly said that the shops and supermarkets where the products were found were sanctioned and sensitized as majority of them lacked the knowledge of what was expired or no longer consumable.