The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned the public against purchasing cereal or other products that have been removed from their primary packaging so as not to jeopardise their health.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director-General, gave the warning during a news briefing on Friday in Lagos.
Adeyeye said that the agency was pained because infants and children were the targets and the ultimate victims of such wicked and evil activities.
According to her, the agency is conducting raid operations with success recorded in the area of forfeiture of unwholesome processed cereals, beverages, and dairy products.
She added that this was in order to deal with the incidence of food fraud.
“In the nationwide raid which commenced in July 2021, seven trucks conveying 4,578 cartons of various unlabelled, transparent nylon packed cereals worth over 60 million naira were confiscated by the agency.
“The sources of these various falsely packed cereals and dairy products cannot be verified and, therefore, NAFDAC cannot guarantee the safety of the products for consumption.
“During one of our operations, a suspect declared that the CocoPops, CornFlakes and Oats being displayed for sale in transparent nylons were sourced from LAWMA waste disposal trucks before repackaging into transparent nylons,” she said.