The news of the shutdown of popular fast food company, Chocolat Royal by officials of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration (NAFDAC) was met with shock by patrons and other residents of Lagos.
More shocking however are the reasons why the eatery, which is owed by Lebanese businessman, Amin Moussalli was shut down, according to an investigative report by City Reporters.
According to the report, the NAFDAC officials found that the management of the company had been making meals with food products which had expired as far back as 2004.
The shocking report reads in part:
“Apart from the importation, storage and use of fake, unregistered and expired/unwholesome food products to produce consumables for customers, we can authoritatively report that Chocolat Royal was sealed by NAFDAC on discovery of six illegal 40ft cold rooms fully stocked with contaminated food products built on top of sewages (suck away pit) and in front of toilets.”
“Not only that majority of these food products discovered, have expired since 2004, (11- years ago) and the least 2013, the most worrisome aspect of it all was the discovery to the consternation of NAFDAC officials that the management of Chocolat Royal had revalidated the expiring dates of almost all the food products, while 90 % of them were not even written in English language and therefore not registered.”
“While two of the illegal cold rooms built in front of toilets were discovered at the Chocolat Royal headquarters at 267A Etim Iyang Crescent, another two were discovered and also sealed at N0 1 Karimu Kotun resident of the Chairman, Mr Amin Moussalli both located in Victoria Island Lagos.”
“Investigations revealed that Mr Moussalli the chairman of AIM consultants with chains of media houses which include, Cool, Nigeria Info, Wazobia FM stations, Cool as well as WEE television stations who is now at large travels abroad to source for companies whose food products have few months to expire.”
One of the cooks at the facility, identified as David admitted that the products were expired.
“I know that the products have expired, some, 2004, 2006, 2009, but I am a cook and I take instruction from my boss,” he said.
The management of Chocolat Royale is yet to respond to the shocking allegations made by City Reporters and attempts to reach officials of the outfit have proved abortive.