NIGERIA – The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has confiscated 400 bottles of fake, substandard and injurious Mayonnaise cream in Abakpa-Nike Community Market in the Enugu metropolis.

The Public Relations Officer of SON in Enugu, Mr. Paul Iorkyaa, informed the raid was carried out after the organization’s marketing desk received a grievance of fake and injurious BAMA mayonnaise by a socially concerned individual.

“In the Standards Organization of Nigeria efforts to promote consumer confidence and satisfaction through its quality assurance of product and services, the organization’s Enugu State office responded to complaints received from a consumer on July 13, he said.

A market raid led by the Head of Department SON Enugu Market Desk Office, Mrs. Maryrose Ugwueche, was successfully carried out, after due market surveillance by the desk officers.

The successful raid was carried out in conjunction with the security services of Abakpa-Nike Market Association.

During the raid, it was discovered that different brands of foreign Mayonnaise with no certification mark, traceability and some of which had expired were relabeled with the fake label of BAMA Mayonnaise.

The fake, substandard and injurious Mayonnaise cream bottles were then evacuated from the market.

Iorkyaa said the raid attracted great number of consumers who were grateful to SON for the good work of evacuating the unwholesome products.

The raid gave room for a brief sensitization on the need to utilize only products certified by SON under its MANCAP and SONCAP Scheme with display of MANCAP logo of some certified products around.

Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) is a mandatory product certification scheme put in place by SON, to ensure that all locally manufactured products in the country conform to the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) before such products are presented for sale in the market or exported.

“SON will not relent until Nigeria markets are rid off of substandard products and all offenders will be punished according to the law,” remarked the public relations officer.

Further investigation is underway to ascertain the manufacturer and supply chain of the substandard mayonnaise cream within the market and other markets in the state.