The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) has raised an alarm regarding the safety of fried plantains, commonly known as “Plantain Chips,” urging consumers to exercise caution due to recent revelations of unwholesome practices in their processing.
In a statement released today, LASCOPA expressed deep concern following a viral online video that captured a plantain chip seller allegedly adding polythene, known as “rubber,” into the hot vegetable oil used for frying the plantains. The agency is investigating the matter and has emphasised the potential health risks associated with such practices.
The statement advised consumers to be vigilant about their plantain chip purchases, emphasising the need to avoid unknowingly exposing themselves to harmful substances or preventable food poisoning. LASCOPA urged the public to report any unfriendly or unlawful practices among consumable item sellers that could jeopardise consumer health.
Quoting the agency, “We are presently investigating this discovery and will take appropriate actions to protect consumers and hold accountable those responsible for the dangerous practice.”
LASCOPA provided contact information for the public to report concerns, with the agency located at No 2B, Soji Adepegba Close off Allen Avenue Ikeja, and annex offices in Badagry Local Government Secretariat, Bariga LCDA, Ikorodu Local Government, and Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA. Consumers can reach LASCOPA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and through the following phone numbers: 08124993885, 09064323154, and 08092509777.