Port Health Services authorities in Ogun State have seized and damaged packs of expired drinks and sausages worth millions of naira.
The Ogun and Ondo states’ organizer of the body, which is under the Federal Ministry of Health, Afolabi Taiwo, said the seizures were made at the Idiroko areas and border around it within the most recent four months.
He said the seizures were made during checks carried out by the personnel of the PHS on the vehicles coming into the country from the Republic of Benin and those travelling from Nigeria and passing through the Idiroko border, to other neighbouring African countries.
Some of the expired products were manufactured in Nigeria, while others were made by foreign manufacturers.
Also seized were kegs of palm oil which was no longer suitable for human consumption.
Taiwo, who later supervised the destruction of the expired products at a site in Idiroko, in company with Baale of OjuIroko, Chief Yakubu Akande, said the PHS has the mandate to make seizures of unwholesome products, within 400 metres radius of Nigeria’s border, seaport or airport.
He said some of the seized products had expired since 2016, which he explained were injurious to health of the citizens.
He said, “These expired beverages, which were in cans and pet bottles were seized within the last four months at the Idiroko border and its axis. Likewise, the sausages.
“In the main, most of the seizures were made during checks by our personnel on the vehicles coming into the country and those travelling out of the country through the Idiroko border.
“We also seized some others during random inspection on shops around our coverage areas at the border.
“Consumption of such expired products is quite injurious to health and well-being of citizens. It could lead to untimely deaths.”
Taiwo said the PHS in Ogun and Ondo states would continue to carry out such checks and inspection in order to safeguard health and wellbeing of Nigerians.
The Officer-in-charge, PHS, Idiroko border, Adeniyi Ogungbayi, said the personnel at the border post, would never compromise their statutory responsibilities, and warned unscrupulous elements, to desist from the act of flooding the country with expired or fake products.