The Food Safety and Inspectorate Unit of the River State Ministry of Health in a series of routine inspection has confiscated and destroyed over 200 cartons of expired and unhealthy commodities in the State. This was disclosed during the destruction of the items by a joint team of Food Safety and Environmental Health Officers.
The Permanent Secretary of the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Bassey, during the briefing warned the general public to always demand for expiry date of products before purchase and be mindful of products with no expiry date at all whilst calling for a stiffer punishment for the irresponsible business owners who sell these products knowing full well their unhealthy state.
The seized items includes 20 bottles of Mayonnaise (Bama), 10 Cartons each of Corn Flakes, Golden Morn, Peak Milk (Powdered and Liquid) and Quaker oats, with 5 Cartons of Custard Powder, 32 Tins of Geisha and Sardines, 15 Cartons of assorted biscuits, 15 Cartons of Blueband products, and 20 Cartons of Spaghetti and Noodles. Others are 12 Cartons of Eva wine and Eva Water, 93 Cartons of assorted malt and soda drinks, 6 Cartons of assorted energy drinks and 15 Cartons of Rite and Gala products.
The Cross River State Ministry of Health advises the general public to be vigilant following the seizure and display of these items from unscrupulous retailers across the State.