The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency, LASCOPA, has served a seven-day notice to a shop-owner at Estate Plaza, Iju Road, Agege to remove all expired goods from the shop or face the wrath of the law.
The monitoring and enforcement team of the Agency handed down the notice in response to a tip-off from a consumer who bought a pack of expired canned drink from the shop.
On further inspection of products displayed in the shop for sale, the LASCOPA team found out that most of the drinks were either expired or appeared substandard.
Speaking on the issue, the General Manager of LASCOPA, Mrs. Kemi Olugbode said that the compliance notice was part of the Agency’s efforts to ensure that consumers not only get value for their money but that all displayed consumable products are wholesome.
She said that the action became necessary in order to rid the State of all forms of unwholesome products and ensure the safety of consumers from the dangers of expired products, warning that failure to adhere to the compliance notice served by the Agency would lead to the application of the full sanctions of the law on the shop-owner.
Mrs. Olugbode, while stressing that the era of cheating and short-changing consumers in Lagos was over, urged Lagosians to visit the Agency’s office, call or send emails to report any individual or company infringing on their rights.
She added that the monitoring and enforcement team of LASCOPA would visit the shop again at the expiration of the notice to ascertain its compliance level.