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22 supermarkets under spotlight for selling rotten items

March 28, 2019 3:55 pm

Twenty-two major supermarkets are under the spotlight for selling rotten meat, fruits and vegetables.

The discovery was made by the Consumer Council during recent market surveillance.

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Chief Executive Seema Shandil, says there is a growing disregard of hygiene practices.

“A total of 22 supermarkets were surveyed and to our surprise, all 100 percent of the supermarkets surveyed were found not to be complying with the food safety act and regulations. It was more alarming to see that there were numerous issues, leave aside selling the putrid mean which is smelling or decaying but also rotten fruits and vegetables and there were also a gross infestation of cockroaches in one of the major or leading supermarkets that has a chain of supermarket in the country.”

Shandil indicated at least one supermarket is facing legal action.

She says traders are selling low-quality meat at exorbitant prices and have also started vending meat and other food products which are unfit for consumption as they are either partly damaged, rotten or decayed.

Shandil is urging consumers to carefully inspect the meat before buying.

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