The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Tuesday destroyed expired and substandard products, worth N2 million, in Niger State, in efforts to safeguard the public health.
The State Coordinator of SON, Hajiya Hauwa Nuhu, disclosed this during the exercise at Maikunkele, near Minna.
“The products before you have been marked for destruction because after we carried out our laboratory tests, we found out that they were expired or substandard.
“The goods are estimated to cost N2 million, going by their current market value,” she said.
Nuhu stressed that the products were neither safe for consumption nor use.
She listed the goods as canned foods, cosmetics, used tyres (tokunbo tyres), beverages and fruit juice, among others.
The state coordinator, however, said that a new arrangement had been put in place by the agency to recycle some of the seized products.
She said that instead of setting used tyres ablaze to pollute the environment and create environmental nuisance, the tyres would be taken to recycling plants to produce other things.
“The tyres we have here will not be destroyed alongside other products; they will be taken to a re-cycling plant and recycled into other products,” she said.
Nuhu said that the goods were seized from supermarkets and shops between 2019 and 2021.
“We are doing our best to keep Nigeria safe, by carrying out surveillance to protect the unsuspecting public,” she said.
The coordinator said that the offenders were duly sanctioned and made to pay fines, adding that they were also sensitised against such unwholesome practices.
Officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency and Federal Road Safety Corps also participated in the exercise.