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Beware! Expired Yoghurt, Wine Flood Nigeria Market, NAFDAC Alerts

Posted: Jun 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan,


The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday, June 18, 2015, alerted members of the public on the circulation of adulterated wine and expired yoghurt allegedly imported into Nigeria from South Africa.

The yoghurt, which was produced by a company identified as Danone Southern Africa Limited of 99 Skew Road, Boksburg North, 1459, South

Africa, was criminally repackaged with new expiry date.

According to NAFDAC’s investigation, the yoghurt originally expired on March 2015, but the expiry date was changed to March 2016.

While briefing newsmen on Thursday at the agency’s office in Lagos,  NAFDAC’s Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii, said that the information that  led to the discovery was divulged by the captain of the ship carrying some of the products.

Going into details, Orhii said that a Nigerian firm, Unitop Catering

Services Limited of 21/23, Ogunu Road, Warri, Delta State, was awarded a contract by MSV-Borealis Camp Boss Shipping Line to supply some  consumables which included 1, 600 units of yoghurt.

He said that the company assigned the supply of the yoghurt to one

Minthel-Ouriel International (Nigeria) Limited of 5th Avenue, 512  Road, D Close, House 15, Festac Town in Lagos.

“On the 29th May, 2015, Miss Martina Iwuchukwu of Minthel-Ouriel  purchased 55 cartons x 6 x 4 x 125g of Dunone Ultra Mel Yoghurt with an expiry date of March 2016 from the suspect and delivered to Unitop Catering Services Limited.

“Unitop delieverd the supply to MVS Seven Borealis Campboss Ship.

However, the chief steward of the ship discovered that the best before  date of March 2016 had been tampered with by concealing and carefully marking the number 5 such that it appeared to read 6.

“The captain of the ship alerted Unitop Catering Services Limited on  8th of June, 2015 that the yoghurt they received was found to past

their best before date.

“It might interest you to note that the suspect wrote on the company’s

invoice affirming that the best before date of the yoghurt is March  2016 and not March 2015,” Orhii explained.

He added that some suspects have already been arrested and that they were already helping the investigators of the agency with information  on the source of product.  He added: “Efforts are on to bring the perpetrators of this evil act to book. The general public are hereby informed that the validity of  yoghurt is six months.

“Buyers and consumers should be watchful of processed foods and always collect receipt upon purchase of any item.”

Besides, the NAFDAC boss also revealed the interception of truckload of various counterfeited and unregistered wines and spirits belonging to one Omeke Alfred Chukwuma along Lagos-Badagry expressway.

Orhii revealed that the importer of the counterfeited wines and  spirits used official government plate number with registration number  OGFZA (RV885FZE), a special plate number assigned to oil and gas free zone authority, just to deceive security operatives.

He listed the counterfeited wines as follow: J&P Wine, Red Label, Villiera Fired Earth Wine, Jelzin Assorted Flavours, JP Chernet Wine, Cask and Cream, E&J Brey and Pure Royal Premium Non-Alcoholic Wine,

among others.

Orhii, who urged members of the public to always give NAFDAC useful

information that will lead to arrest of counterfeiters, disclosed that  the agency had made special arrangement to pay informants handsomely.

While reiterating that Nigerians deserved to have access to only good quality, safe, effective and wholesome regulated products, Orhii

assured that the agency would also expedite action on the NAFDCA

Executive Bill before the National Assembly.

He said the bill, when passed into law, would bring about stiffer punishment of life jail for convicts, and confiscation of assets of the convicts to compensate victims.