In a bid to ensure the safety of consumers from the purchase of unwholesome products and guarantee their satisfaction, the
Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) has sealed up Big Boss Supermarket in Surulere, Lagos Last Friday for
allegedly selling expired products to unsuspecting members of the public.
A statement from the agency explained that it swung into action in a bid to ensure the safety of consumers from the purchase
of unwholesome products and guarantee their satisfaction.
The supermarket was sealed up for continuous display and sale of expired products contrary to the provisions of the Lagos
State Consumer Protection Agency Law of 2014.
Section 4(a) of the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency Law of 2014 empowers LASCOPA to protect consumers against
the marketing of goods and services which are hazardous to the consuming public.
The Chief Magistrate of the Consumer Court in Lagos Mrs. Dani-Oni issued an order in Suit No. MSC/154/19 for the seal up of
the supermarket which was executed by officials of the agency.
The Monitoring Team of LASCOPA on a surveillance inspection visited the supermarket early this year and discovered expired
products on display in the shelf and issued a Compliance Notice to the supermarket.
During a revisit, another set of expired products were found on the store and the Supermarket Manager allegedly called the
bluff of the agency, saying they could do their worse. This was according to the agency.
“The continuous display and sale of expired products by the supermarket necessitated the court action pursuant to the
promotion of Section 4 of the Consumer Protection Law of Lagos State,” the statement said.
The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) therefore reiterated its commitment to ensuring the safety of
consumers from all forms of unwholesome products and charged consumable product producers and marketers to prioritize
the interest of consumers.