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Supermarket Sealed For Selling Food Items With 2037, 2089 Expiry Dates

A supermarket, Panda, located in Jabi, Abuja, has been sealed by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) for displaying and selling contraband and food items with 2037, 2089 expiry dates.

Babatunde Irukera, Chief Executive Officer of the commission, in a series of tweets on Wednesday, said products with expired and irregular shelf life were discovered in the supermarket.

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“Selling frozen imported seafood, other animals like frogs and snakes under suspicious conditions with no packaging raises serious concerns, especially when origin is China cos of coronavirus. Discriminating against Nigerian nationals in access to displays is also wrong so we acted, Irukera said.

He further state that the sealing off of the supermarket followed credible intelligence available on social media about a supermarket in Abuja engaging in discriminative practices.

“The origin of it is seafood from a district in China. We’ve got a lot of seafood here and we don’t know how it came.

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“Some of the products are developing mould even in the refrigerator. There’s a huge cold room there with expired products showing that the products will expire in 2073 and 2089,” Irukera added.

The director-general listed some of the expired food items to include pork, rice, mushrooms, chicken, gizzard, among others.

Irukera led the team to inspect the Gwarimpa branch of the supermarket where some of the expired food items found were confiscated.


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