NAFDAC Arraigns Man For Relabeling, Selling Expired Mayonnaise, Others

 

The trial of a Lagos based trader, Ezeudu Emmanuel Emeka, who was arrested for relabelling and selling expired Mayonnaise and other canned food items, has commenced at the Federal High Court, Lagos.

Narrating how the defendant was arrested, the first Prosecution Witness, Mr Idowu Folorunso Joseph of the National Agency for Food Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC) told Justice Oluremi  Oguntoyinbo how his team on a tip – off raided the defendant’s  apartment at 15, Ipaye, Street, Surulere ,Lagos and the shop where he used as his operational bases to relabelled  and revalidates  the dates on the expired products.

Joseph said that during the operation, samples of the expired canned foods were taken away to NAFDAC office while the apartment and shop were sealed.

He added that the market leader later brought the defendant to NAFDAC office where his statement was obtained.

Meanwhile, samples of the expired products were tendered and admitted in exhibits.

Emeka was sometimes charged before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyibo by NAFDAC, on 10 counts charge bordering on relabelling, repackaging and selling expired food products, September, last year.

Some of the expired food products include: Pine White Ground Pepper; Summerfield whole kernel sweet corn; Bama Mayonnaise; Summerfield baked beans; Sweet Chilk chicken sauce; Real Value Mayonnaise and Superior Light Soy Sauce.

NAFDAC in charge number FHC/L/200c/2015, alleged that the accused, a resident of 15, Ipaye Street, Surulere, Lagos, had on or before April 27, 2015, sold some unlabeled food products.

He was also alleged to have falsely relabelled, repackaged and distributed said food products, without registering them.

The offences according to the NAFDAC Prosecutor, Mr. Umar Mashaki, are contrary to sections 1, 1(a) and 5(a), of the Food, Drugs, related products (registration etc.) Act Cap F33, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under sections 6(1)(a) 3(1), 3, 17 and 3(1)(a) of the same Act.

At the Friday’s hearing of the criminal charge against the accused, the prosecution called one of its witnesses and tendered some of the expired food products confiscated from the accused as evidence, which were admitted as exhibits by the court.

The matter has been adjourned till Monday, for continuation of trial.

One of the counts read, “that you Ezeudu Emmanuel Emeka, of 15, Ipaye Street, Surulere, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court, on or about May 27, 2015, did sold article of food products unfit for consumption to wit: Pine White Ground Pepper; Summerfield whole kernel sweet corn; Bama Mayonnaise; Summerfield baked beans; Sweet Chilk chicken sauce; Real Value Mayonnaise and Superior Light Soy Sauce, and thereby committed to an offence contrary to section 1(b) of the Food, Drugs, related products (registration etc.) Act Cap F33, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under section 17, of the same Act”.

Another count reads, “that you Ezeudu Emmanuel Emeka, of 15, Ipaye Street, Surulere, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court, on or about May 27, 2015, found in possession of expired food products wit: Superior Light Soy Sauce, and thereby committed to an offence contrary to section 5(a) of the Food, Drugs, related products (registration etc.) Act Cap F33, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under section 17, of the same Act”.

Another count also reads: ” that you Ezeudu Emmanuel Emeka, of 15, Ipaye Street, Surulere, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court, on or about May 27, 2015, found in possession of Unwholesome processed food to wit: Pine White Ground Pepper; Summerfield whole kernel sweet corn; Bama Mayonnaise; Summerfield baked beans; Sweet Chilk chicken sauce; Real Value Mayonnaise and Superior Light Soy Sauce, and thereby committed to an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the Food, Drugs, related products (registration etc.) Act Cap F33, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under section 3 (1)(a), of the same Act”.

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