The Management of The National Agency for Food and Drug
Administration and Control (NAFDAC) wishes to use this medium to
ALERT the general public on the unscrupulous activities of some
business men and traders who revalidate expired rice and also
repackage local rice as foreign rice.
The Ogun State office of NAFDAC received a report from the
Department of State Services (DSS) in the state, of ongoing food
fraud at Oke-Aje market in Ijebu Ode.
On the 14 th of November 2019, Officers of the State office in
company of men of the Nigeria Police Force proceeded to the scene
of the illegal activity. On arrival the suspected perpetrators of the
food fraud instigated unnamed persons to unleash mayhem on the
team of Investigators.
However, Enforcement Officers of the Agency and its Federal Task
Force team stormed the market in company of Department of State
Services officials. They sighted miscreants at the market who took to
their heels. Bags of expired rice, caked rice, bags of local rice, bags of
popular foreign rice and sealing machines were found in the shops
the NAFDAC Enforcement team finally gained access into. Three
shops were sealed during the operation.
It is instructive to note that expired and caked rice are
unwholesome as they contain moulds and microorganism that cause
diseases which are of immense Public Health concern.
The general public is hereby advised to be vigilant and exercise
discretion when purchasing rice and other food items. NAFDAC is
fully alive to her responsibilities of assuring the safety,
wholesomeness and quality of foods and other Regulated Products
offered for sale to the public.
Members of the public are hereby advised to report cases of re-
bagging and sale of caked and expired rice or other food items to the
nearest NAFDAC office across the Federation.