NAFDAC cracks down on counterfeit cosmetics, shuts three shops in Lagos

By Sodiq Adelakun

In a bid to protect consumers from potential harm, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down three cosmetics shops and raided others in Lagos State for selling unregistered “Dr. Teal’s” brand cosmetics.

This was contained in a post on its X (formerly Twitter) handle on Saturday.

The agency took this action following a complaint from the trademark holder, who alleged that the products being sold were potential counterfeits.

The agency’s raid on the shops resulted in the seizure of large quantities of unregistered cosmetics, which are suspected to be counterfeit. The owners of the shops have been warned and may face further sanctions if they continue to sell unregistered products.

The statement partly read, “NAFDAC has shut down three cosmetics shops and raided others, targeting the sale of unregistered ‘Dr. Teal’s’ brand cosmetics. This action follows a complaint from the trademark holder regarding potential counterfeit products.

“The enforcement operation took place at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, Egbeda, and Ikeja areas.

“Two suspected shops along the Excellent Line at the Trade Fair Complex were targeted, resulting in sealed shops and invitation letters issued to attendants.”

Also, there was a raid on Okas Global Link Limited yielding over 200 cartons of various Dr. Teal’s products and other unregistered cosmetics.

The agency suspects these products to be the source of distribution for the counterfeit items. Additionally, Cubana Stores at Phil Hallmark Plaza was sealed for selling unregistered Dr. Teal’s brand moisturising body and bath products.

According to NAFDAC regulations, shop owners found guilty of selling unregistered products face fines of up to N5 million. As part of ongoing investigations, shop owners are being questioned to determine their involvement in the sale of counterfeit cosmetics.

The agency emphasised the significant health risks associated with using fake cosmetics, which can contain harmful substances that can cause serious harm to consumers.

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