Maputo — The South African supermarket chain Shoprite has been caught selling expired goods in its Mozambican establishments.
Following claims made in the weekly paper “O Publico” on 12 August that the supermarkets were selling goods past their expiry, the government's National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) sent a brigade to inspect the Shoprite supermarkets in Maputo, Matola and the neighbouring town of Boane.
According to an INAE statement issued on Monday, the inspectors visited the sectors where food is handled, cold stores, warehouses, and the shop shelves where the goods are sold. Samples of cooked foods were taken for laboratory analysis.
The preliminary results of the inspection are that 26 different types of products were found that were past their expiry date. Other foodstuffs were being sold with “irregular labeling” (INAE gives no details of the irregularities).
INAE points out that this is not the first time that Shoprite has been caught selling expired goods. The Inspectorate is now undertaking the procedures to fine the South African chain.