The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Tuesday sealed off Panda Supermarket located in Jabi area of the Federal Capital Territory for displaying and selling contraband and expired food items.
Speaking with newsmen after the supermarket was sealed off, Director-General of the commission, Mr Babatunde Irukera said that the move was to serve as a deterrent to others and to safeguard the lives of citizens.
Irukera said the sale of contraband and expired food items is very disturbing especially at a time when there is a threat of viral infections and especially when the products are coming from Asian countries.
According to him, the sealing off of the supermarket followed credible intelligence available on social media about a supermarket in Abuja engaging in discriminatory practices.
“You know, the biggest issue we have now is the coronavirus and there is sufficient information to show that it started as an animal to animal transfer and now animals to human beings, especially wild animals.
“The origin of it is seafood from a district in China. We’ve got a lot of seafood here and we don’t know how it came.
“We are seeing all kinds of things and that certainly violates the laws in Nigeria.
“Some of the products are developing mold even in the refrigerator. There’s a huge cold room there with expired products showing that the products will expire in 2073 and 2089,” NAN quoted him as saying.
The director-general listed some of the expired food items to include pork, rice, mushrooms, chicken, gizzard, among others.
“We found out that toilets are used as stores for the food items and certain things that were wrong here. So we will be closing the place down,” he said.
Irukera also led the team to inspect the Gwarimpa branch of the supermarket where some of the expired food items found were confiscated.