Consumer Protection Council

CPC Shuts down Abuja Factory over Underweight Products and Unhygienic Environment

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CPC uncovers sharp practices and non-conformity with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Hygiene Practice (GHP) and Good Storage Practice (GSP) during the inspection of a corn flour factory in Piwoyi, Airport Road, Abuja. CPC evacuates the products, pending the implementation of all corrective measures issued to the company.

On Monday, 16 April, 2018, following the usual routine inspection and laboratory tests of quality of products in the market by the Council’s Quality Assurance and Development Officers, it was discovered that some products were grossly underweight. This led to further inspection of the premises of the defaulting producers.

One of such producers is Agel Global Resources, makers of Agel Corn flour in Piwoyi, along Airport Road, Abuja. The Council had earlier discovered, on weighing, that the actual net weight of Agel Corn flour product was between 180 to 250g while the weight declared on the product label was 450g.

The inspection of Agel premises further revealed that many other products were packed in the same manner to deceive consumers. Other gross non-conformities to Good Hygienic and Manufacturing Practices were discovered. This led to the immediate mobilisation of the Council’s Surveillance and Enforcement Officers, to remove all the non-conforming products with respect to weight from the premises. It was also discovered that the products were produced in an unhygienic environment.