Mozambique impounds ‘expired goods’ from S/African supermarket
Goods purportedly from the South African supermarket chain Shoprite have been impounded in Mozambique whose authorities have declared them unfit for human consumption because they had expired past their sell by dates.
Local media reports in Maputo on Monday suggested that Shoprite was accused of saturating Mozambique with expired goods that include foodstuffs.
Shoprite, the main supplier of foodstuff for supermarkets in Mozambique has not reacted to the allegation so far.
The claim comes a week after O Publico reported that supermarkets in Mozambique linked to the South African supermarket have been selling goods past their expiry dates, prompting the government’s National Inspectorate of Economic Activities, INAE to send a brigade to inspect shops in Maputo, Matola and the neighbouring town of Boane.
An INAE statement issued on Monday, said its inspectors had visited the sectors where food is handled, cold stores, warehouses, inspected shop shelves where the goods are sold and made discoveries of expired foodstuffs that were on sale.
Samples of cooked foods were taken for laboratory analysis, the final results of which will be published in due course, the statement said.
Meanwhile, preliminary results of the inspection are that 26 different types of products were found that were past their expiry dates.
Other foodstuffs were being sold with “irregular labeling”, INAE’s findings suggest, but gave no further indication about the nature of the anomalies.
According to INAE which is undertaking procedures to fine the South African chain, this is not the first time that Shoprite has been found wanting in the quality of its goods to Mozambique.
South Africa is one of Mozambique´s largest trading partners in Africa.