For allegedly revalidating the expiry dates on some of its product and reselling to customers, Haano Industries Limited fish depot was Tuesday sealed by the Lagos State government.
The depot located at 114 road, Oba Akran was cordoned off by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and the Ministry of Health after a tip off on the activities of the operators.
It was learnt that the security operatives laid siege on the cold room Monday evening, to avoid the contamination of evidence site as well as provide security for the ministry’s officials who inspected the place Tuesday morning.
The Nation gathered that the officials after Inspecting four cold rooms of the company containing several tons of fish, sealed the premises.
Led by an Environmental Health Officer of the ministry, Kuforiji Adebayo, the team it was learnt, stated that the closure was to allow for thorough laboratory investigation of the fish found in the cold rooms.
According to Adebayo: “This place is being sealed for health analysis. The samples of the consignment being taken are for laboratory analysis. What we have met on ground is highly suggestive of the fact that there are questionable practices.
“What has been established is that there is fraud. We have found that the company is revalidating the expiry of its products. As a responsive and responsible Government, we would not fold our arms and allow unwholesome fish to be sold to residents.
“What we have seen indicates the condition of the fish before they were frozen were not okay, that is why there are blood stains in the cartoon of the fish.
“If the labels are being changed now, the impression it leaves is that the labels might have been changed before the investigations.”
Earlier, the company’s fish manager, Sabir Alli denied the allegations that the company was revalidating the expiry dates, adding that their products that would be expiring next month would have been sold before then.
Alli said the stickers littering the lobby of the cold rooms fell off because of the shifting of fish cartoons to create space for new consignments.
When contacted, the state command’s spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, an SP, said the police received a tip off about two weeks ago that the company was changing the expiry dates on its products.
She stated that the police quietly monitored to ensure that the allegations were not sponsored by rival firms and took time to catch them in the act.
“We got a call from our source on Monday that they were revalidating the products and we decided to swing into action.
“This was confirmed by a lot of the stickers found in the lobby with March 2016 as expiry date. Our source within the company indicated that the revalidation of the expiry date was done in the lobby of the cold room and corridor, and that is why the place was littered with expired and new stickers.
“Police would liaise with the Lagos State Ministry of Health to carry out further test so that we can get to the bottom of this,”she added.
source: the sun news