It’s 9:30pm on June 20, 2012. I just got back from grocery shopping at Shoprite (Ikeja Shopping Mall). Though this is not your regular “photography-related” writeup, I decided to bring this to the notice of many that might not be aware of the ongoing practice there.
Upon entering Shoprite, I decided to turn a little to the left and head straight ahead to where the frozen meat was being sold. I came along an aisle that displayed food items that were “priced to clear”. I usually make it a point to go shopping with a list and was shocked to see one of the items I wanted to buy on “sale”. Priced at N295, the 300g box of “Rite Start Bran Flakes” was priced to get off the shelf fast. I was a little suspicious when I discovered that the box was opened and perhaps something was wrong with it.
I decided to go to the aisle that housed the flakes family and was surprised to see the 500g box of the same brand priced at almost N1000. I decided that if the only thing that was wrong with the groceries on the clearance table was just bad packaging, I might as well consider buying it. At that moment, I remembered a recent broadcast that I had gotten about customers who had bought expired products at Shoprite. I decided to check the expiration date and was shocked to see “June 2012″ on the box. “It can’t be” I told myself. Shoprite can’t be selling expired or “almost-expired” products to the public.
I proceeded to check the dates of almost all the products on the table and my worst fears were confirmed: every product on the clearance table have an expiration date of between June 20 & July 7. I thought to myself that this must be criminal. I was quick to mention to a couple who were checking a few items out that they were expired already. I decided to take the attached picture (in disguise ofcourse) so you’ll get the picture of what I’m talking about.
I’m sure this is a practice that occurs in their other branches in Nigeria. I’m not sure NAFDAC is aware of this but even if it is legal to sell food stuffs that will expire in a few days to the public, a part of me feels that it is wrong. Kindly forward this to as many people as you can and feel free to comment below if you’ve had related experiences with the store. My goal is to get the attention of the necessary authorities and have them address this issue. Even if the issue never gets addressed (as other issues might seem more important that grocery shopping in ikeja), be sure to check the expiry dates of the foodstuffs you buy at Shoprite or any other food stores.
This won’t stop me from buying my TWIX & Snickers chocolate at the megastore: I’ll just be sure to check the expiry dates each time. As much as you might want to save money, a little wisdom here might save a life. And always remember the idiom: if it’s too good to be true, then it’s too good to be true. It is well
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