Zanzibar — IN a crackdown against counterfeit goods and expired food stuffs in Zanzibar, health authorities have seized 205 tonnes of expired rice and medicines.
Following the operation in the municipality, the Zanzibar Food, Cosmetics, and Drugs Board (ZFDB) Chairperson, Dr Burhan Simai, said that of the confiscated rice, 130 tonnes were imported by UTS Rice Company, and 75 tonnes were brought into the islands by Interlink Company.
"We also seized expired and fake drugs in pharmacies. The process to destroy the goods has been going on," Simai said, adding that some of the importers may be ordered to return their commodities to the source.
The chairperson said that poor storage of the imported goods is to blame for the decay particularly medicines and food stuffs. He asked members of the public to be alert with commodities in stock, and report to respective authorities to help control fake goods.