NAFDAC cracking down on unregistered cosmetics in Lagos raids.


NAFDAC cracking down on unregistered cosmetics in Lagos raids.

By: Adisa Deborah

NAFDAC, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, has shut down three cosmetics shops in Lagos for illegally selling and stocking unregistered products. The agency seized samples for laboratory testing and raided leading cosmetics shops in Egbeda and Ikeja areas, following a complaint from a trademark holder.

At the Trade Fair Complex, affected shops and supermarkets reported alleged fake products. The NAFDAC Investigation and Enforcement Directorate received a complaint from the trademark owner, stating that a product without a NAFDAC registration number is considered fake.


The agency cannot guarantee product safety, as it is their mandate to protect Nigerians’ health.

Shops affected by the sale of unregistered products, including the Moisturising Body and Bath range, will reopen after stipulated sanctions are applied. If found guilty, shop owners will face an administrative penalty of N5 million. Cubana Stores, located at Phil Hallmark Plaza, was sealed for stocking and selling the alleged unregistered Dr. Teal’s cosmetic product.


Okas Global Link Ltd was found to be distributing unregistered Dr Teals and other products, with over 200 cartons confiscated by NAFDAC. The Cubana owner, who claimed to have bought the products, was unaware of the allegations. The Cubana owner was unable to produce the required receipt of purchase, leading to health challenges associated with fake cosmetics.


Bleaching agents and active ingredients in these products can cause wrinkles and skin cancer.

Assistant Director Ushadari Kayam, who leads the investigation into skin pigment, revealed that some supermarkets in Ikeja failed to heed warnings about unregistered products. Kayam confirmed that some products were fake and adulterated, causing an investigation into the supermarkets’ owners.


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