15 March 2014

Tanzania: TFDA Burns Unhealthy Bakery Products

Arusha — TANZANIA Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) set ablaze large consignments of bakery products that were alleged baked in an unhealthy environment.

The products were set alight at the Muriet dumpsite in Arusha, originated from the Manyara Loaf Company Limited which was also discovered to be unregistered and located in Sombetini area.

Acting TFDA Northern Zone Manager, Ms Salma Muhando said that the bakery was breaching the 2005 Food Security Act and that the authority had previously asked its management to address the shortcomings to no avail.

In addition to burning the products, TFDA has also suspended the company from operations until the management addresses the shortcomings.

"We inspected various establishments in Arusha and on March 11 our team went to the Manyara Loaf Company Limited where we discovered a number of deficiencies and warned the owners to address them but for some reason they decided to ignore us," she stated.

She added that they sent out a second warning on March 13 but again the company's owners and management refused to comply.

The owners reportedly fled from the bakery at Sombetini when TFDA officials went there for the third time to confiscate the bakery's products.

Employees found there had little to say when questioned by the authorities. Among the shortcomings found at the bakery include the fact that it was not registered by TFDA to make food products, it lacked qualified personnel to handle such undertakings and products were being baked in an unhealthy environment.

"TFDA is mandated to ensure that all food products were being handled under stringent conditions set by the authority," said Ms Muhando.

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