The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) has sealed Chiffy Supermarket over the sales of expired toothpastes and other household items.
In response to a Facebook post from a consumer, warning the public about the sales of expired products at Chiffy Supermarket in GRA Ikeja, General Manager of LASCOPA, Afolabi Solebo, visited the grocery store on Sunday to take swift disciplinary action against its management.
Solebo, through a statement released on Wednesday by the state agency, disclosed how he got to the supermarket, and noticed that the toothpaste and other items had no price tags and were out of date. Some of the products that were being sold had gone off several months ago, but customers were unaware of this.
He said: “In line with the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, such acts would not be tolerated in Lagos State”, stressing that the matter is already before a court of competent jurisdiction for prosecution.
Solebo emphasised that LASCOPA is dedicated to safeguarding consumers from expired, unsafe, and poor-quality products. He stated that the supermarket will stay closed and monitored, and the confiscated products will be disposed of by the appropriate government agency.
The General Manager firmly declared that it was necessary to eliminate all types of unethical and unfair trading activities and to ensure the safety of consumers from the potential harm of expired products that may cause illness or even fatality to unsuspecting citizens. He also emphasized that the days of dishonest businesspeople taking advantage of consumers in Lagos are now in the past.
Solebo implored people to voice their opinions if they come across anything that jeopardises customers’ security, or visit the agency’s headquarters situated at 2b, Soji Adepegba Close, Off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, or any of its branch offices in Badagry Local Government Secretariat, Bariga LCDA Secretariat, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA Secretariat, and Ikorodu Local Government Secretariat.
He also asked people who are concerned to get in touch with the authorities by calling 08092509777, 08124993895, 09064323154.