A very good friend of mine sent me the picture above a few weeks back with the caption “Can you tell which is fake?”
My reaction before even taking a stab at guessing was “Oh Wow”.
I grew up consuming Peak milk so you can imagine my dismay finding out fake Peak milk exists!
I looked at both packages and something seemed a little off with the Peak milk on the right, so I guessed that was the counterfeit product.
Apparently, my friend’s sister, who has a toddler by the way, had stopped by Danny’s Supermarket, Agungi to pick up Peak milk for her family. She’d bought the Peak milk pictured on the right and paid full-price for it, only to later taste the product and discover it wasn’t Peak milk! In fact, she said it tasted nothing like milk!!
I’m not sure what the advise here is but we’ve all got to be really careful. Fortunately for my friend’s sister, no one else in her family tasted the “milk”. But let us take a step back and think for a minute: What if she had fed the
milk substance to her toddler?!? What if the toddler got some kind of food poisoning and ended up in the hospital? I can totally see how this story could have ended in a more catastrophic outcome. I think the folks who deal in counterfeit food items have no conscience whatsoever and should be dealt with very seriously. HABA!!
Having said that, the lesson here is we should all be careful. I’m thinking “nowhere in Naij is safe” but my advise would be to stick with the bigger supermarkets brands when buying food stuff. Why? Well, I’m thinking… If I buy fake milk from Shoprite I will return it and speak with a manager. Maybe I won’t sue Shoprite, but I’m assuming they’d be smart enough to carry out some form of investigation and get all the other fake milk off their shelves. On the other hand, my assumptions that Shoprite would be more proactive about stuff like this could be completely wrong.
By the way, I wonder if NAFDAC is aware of this issue and currently doing something about this…
Regardless, I highly welcome your thoughts/suggestions to alleviate this issue. It’s appalling!!