The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency said it has sealed a supermarket, Cynosure Associate Superstores, over the display of expired products on its shelves.

The General Manager of LASCOPA, Afolabi Solebo, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday, adding that the move was part of the agency’s efforts to clamp down on expired products in the state.

Solebo also urged residents to always check the information contained on the labels of items about to be purchased and report stores where expired products were sold.

He said, “The Monitoring and Enforcement team of the agency visited the Cynosure Associate Super Stores, located at 18, Lateef Salami Street, Ajao Estate, on Monday, September 12, 2022, during a routine monitoring exercise where some items displayed were noticed to have expired.

“The team, therefore, directed the management of the supermarket to remove the identified products from the shelf, but the outlet failed to comply with the directive after a revisit by the gang a few days later. This led to the issuance of an invitation letter to the management of Cynosure and the eventual sealing of the supermarket on Friday due to failure to comply.

“LASCOPA Monitoring and Enforcement team had also issued a non-compliance order to Valuepoint Supermarket, situated on the same street, over the display of expired products. The exercise is to serve as a deterrent to other supermarkets and sales outlets that are in the habit of trampling on the rights of consumers, some of whom are often ignorant or in a hurry to check the expiration date of products that they want to buy.”