The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have shut down the Victoria Island outlet of American doughnut and coffeehouse chain company, Krispy Kreme Confectionary. The shutdown was as a result of startling discovering upon inspection that the doughnut company extended the expiration date of its doughnut mix and fillings.
Joint CPC/NAFDAC operation discontinuing production and sealing key storage of Krispy Kreme B.I location on account of serious regulatory violations with using expired doughnut mix and fillings. Further enforcement activities to follow. Consumer abuse knows no spectrum! pic.twitter.com/T1E2umY37m
— Babatunde Irukera (@TundeIrukera) August 8, 2018
The inspection of the facility was led by the Director General of CPC, Babatunde Irukera. He said Krispy Kreme printed a white sticker which says Best before 30/09/2018 and imposed such on the original date to conceal it.
“Even if the products will pass a test, is it okay for the company to conceal the real expiry date, and attempt to convey the products as within inventory control expiration time?
Isn’t it enough that Krispy Kreme tampered with the information providing expiry date? The legitimate date is the ‘use by: 03/07/2018’. It’s on the bag from the manufacturer.
“The white sticker which says ‘Best before: 30/09/2018’ was printed by Krispy Kreme and imposed on the original date to conceal it, and portray the white sticker as the manufacturer’s suggested date.”
The incident has sparked an uproar on social media. A Twitter user with @RitaOnwurah said she is annoyed at the action of Krispy Kreme, that since they know this is Nigeria the regulators won’t complain.
You guys don’t have work. Of all the people ‘exploiting’ Nigerians, it is Krispy Kreme you went to shakedown. Carry on. We’ve all watched this movie before https://t.co/9vUd8qaIm1
— tyro (@DoubleEph) August 8, 2018
Re: Krispy Kreme,
I’m even more annoyed that the manufacturer granted an extension on expired products.
Because this is Nigeria. They know the operators here won’t complain.
Would they have tried that in any country in Europe or America?
— Rita C. Onwurah (@RitaOnwurah) August 8, 2018
Remember when I said Krispy Kreme Lagos tasted like stale cheap rubbish and people said I was feeling foreign and it’s “the exact same” now do u see how foolish some of you are destined to be pic.twitter.com/Hczv0cufzx
— groovee (@grooveeshakes) August 8, 2018
You guys have it mixed up honestly
Krispy kreme sells sugar
Did they check to see if the sugar is ok?
— Tunji Andrews (@TunjiAndrews) August 8, 2018
I am disappointed and same time sad about Krispy Kreme shutdown. Considering I was part of the media campaign crew when they launched. If the allegations are true, a multinational brand like them should know better and not feed the people with expired products to maximize profit.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) August 9, 2018
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, a United States-based food company formally made its entrance into the Nigerian market in March 2018.
At the pre-launch of their doughnuts at the Ikeja City Mall, Alexander Trotter, Director of quality foods for Africa, partner of the US-based firm noted that the firm has two investments valued at $7 million in the country.
The company also signed a development agreement with Quality Foods Africa (Q.F.A.) to open 20 Krispy Kreme locations in Nigeria over a period of five years.
Nigeria is the second African nation to open Krispy Kreme shops. Krispy Kreme made its African debut in South Africa in 2015, when the company signed a development agreement with KK Doughnuts SA (Pty) Limited to open 31 Krispy Kreme locations in South Africa.