In a continuation of its bid to sanitise the nation of substandard products and protect public safety, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) recently destroyed expired and substandard goods worth Five Million naira at the government approved dumpsite in Gombe State.

The products destroyed include cosmetics, assorted soft drinks, energy drinks, flavoured drinks and other products mopped up during market surveillance activities conducted by the SON Gombe State office between October 2021 and April 2022.

The Regional Director, SON North East, Mr Abba Bauchi Adamu, who was represented by the State Coordinator Gombe State, Mr James Yakzum in his remarks disclosed that market surveillance is one of the statutory activities SON utilises in checking the quality of goods in the Nigerian market.

He explained that in a move to safeguard public health in the state, the products were confiscated and marked for destruction after laboratory tests conducted found them to have expired, and therefore substandard and not fit for consumption.

According to the representative of the Regional Director North East, “it is quite unfortunate that these goods are being destroyed considering the huge amount of money involved in purchasing these goods, however, it is necessary to protect lives” he said.

Mr Yakzum further disclosed SON’s plans to train distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and vendors of products in the state on standard practices, which will enable them drastically reduce wastages in the marketplace, thereby giving value for money and at the same time protecting the lives of consumers.

The representative of the Regional Coordinator of NESREA Mr Charles Sharah present at the destruction site, commended SON for destroying the goods with regards to environmental safety standards, as no adverse effect is posed to the environment due to the destruction.

Similarly, the representative of Soft Drinks Vendors in Gombe state, Alhaji M. Abdulhakim lauded SON for doing a good job while giving the assurance that vendors in the state will collaborate with the organisation to ensure that drink vendors in the state are enlightened more about standards and quality assurance.

Also responding to the event, the Chairman of Supermarket, Stores and Mall Owners Association, Gombe State, Alhaji Sani Babayo declared that the association was ready to cooperate with SON and other government agencies in ensuring that customers in Gombe state get a good deal at all times.

Other participants at the event were representatives of government agencies such Directorate of State Security, NESREA and the Civil Defence Corp and members of staff of the SON Gombe State Office.

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