Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Standard Body Accuses Restaurant of Violating Business Closure Directive

THE City Based Yami Yami Restaurants have violated an order to close its bakery business pending a thorough physical and processing inspection.

Physical and processing inspection reports are among the key documents that would determine whether or not to grant the restaurant, at the junction of Garden Street and Pamba Road, permission to continue baking bread at its bakery.

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) last Friday ordered the closure of the bakery due to failure to adhere to the standard body's certification and registration procedures. But, the Daily News spot check at the restaurant found that the business was continuing as usual.

An officer with the restaurant, which owns the bakery, told the Daily News that business was on since last Friday after securing permission from TBS. "TBS visited us on Thursday and inspected our premise but later we were free to continue with the business since we are working according to their prescribed conditions and directives," he said.

Bakery attendants were seen directing buyers to use the side door instead of the main entrance which the standard body had ordered to close. An officer at the restaurant said apart from selling breads they were also planning to print bread bags with 'TBS quality mark' which will be ready in three weeks' time.

Contacted for comments on the new development, TBS Quality Management Director Engineer Tumaini Mtitu said yesterday that the bakery has violated the closure directive pending the test results, saying the bakery risks stringent legal action.

"We have not yet authorized them to open as we are still going on with testing exercise. But the report am getting now is that the bakery has also failed physical inspection tests of which they will have to rectify as well," she said.

TBS said last week that it has launched an operation of closing down bakeries that are operating without obtaining the Bureau's registration and certification.

According to TBS, already the public notice has been issued to all manufacturers including food processors to apply for TBS mark before legal action is taken against them. On the bakeries, she said only 15 of them have been registered with TBS out of over 1,000 that operate countrywide, saying the crackdown will be sustained.

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