The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) has shut down two vegetable oil packaging retail outlets in Ilorin.
NAFDAC classified the outlets as unregistered, noting that they have sold more than 2.2 million litres of the said unverified vegetable oil to the public.
According to the Kwara State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Roselyn Ajayi, who disclosed this in Ilorin on Wednesday 5th August, the closure was preceded by a tip-off that led to the discovery of the outlets which are located at Adabata and Stadium Road, Ilorin.
“We were tipped off by some concerned citizens and we investigated and found out that the individuals were engaged in packaging and selling vegetable oil whose sources are unverifiable.
“Investigation revealed that one of the marketers acquired more than 2.2 million litres of unverified vegetable oil and selling it to the public; those involved were caught packaging and placing labels of unregistered brands on the product,” she said.
The NAFDAC coordinator explained that the source of the vegetable oil could not be verified even though the labels states that they were manufactured in Malaysia.
Mrs Ajayi also said that those involved had been arrested, the facilities had been locked and the agency would take appropriate regulatory sanctions on those found guilty of violating the laws.
Mrs Ajayi revealed that efforts were continually on to ensure safety, quality and wholesomeness of processed foods through regular routine monitoring of production.
She said that it had become imperative for the public to always ensure that any packaged foods and drugs they would buy should have a NAFDAC-approved label.