The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Osun has impouned expired drinks and beverages worth N3 million in a raid on major supermarkets and shops across the state.
The State Coordinator of SON, says choose water over diet drinks, Mr Jerome Umoru, told reporters on Wednesday in Osogbo that the expired products were seized on Monday.
Umoru said the items were confiscated during raids carried out by the organisation’s task force.
He said many of the shop owners where the expired products were seized claimed ignorance of the expiration of the products while few others were aware.
The state coordinator said that the shop owners had been warned against selling expired products, adding that anyone caught doing so again would be dealt with according to the law.
Umoru, who decried the influx of expired products into the market, said the organisation would not relent in enforcing standards and standardisation of products in the markets.
He said the confiscated expired products would be destroyed in collaboration with the Osun Waste Management Agency. The state coordinator urged consumers to always check for the manufacture and expiry dates of products before purchase.
Umoru said the organisation would not relent in its mandate of getting rid of fake and sub-standard goods from markets across the state. “We are sustaining our enforcement and compliance activities in the state to ensure that expired goods are reduced to the barest minimum in the market,’’ Umoru said.