By Angie Nkuna
Giyani- After the Ministry of Health came across the allegations of counterfeit products being sold in the country, it has instructed provinces and municipalities to investigate all these claims.
Speaking to Giyani View, Greater Giyani Municipality (GGM) spokesperson, Steven Mavunda said, GGM has no team of environmental health practitioners tasked to do the inspections of the alleged counterfeit products being sold in Giyani.
“The team has been always there at Mopani District Municipality (MDM) to deal with the allegations of counterfeit products”, says Mavunda.
Meanwhile, the environmental Health Practitioners from MDM led by Executive Mayor Councillor Nkakareng Rakgoale have this morning removed rotten meat from Boxer Store in Giyani during the raid against expired products. The meat was packed on a dysfunctional fridge, and some were stashed alongside expired dairy products in another room.
An eyewitness account could be heard and seen in a video snippet shared online, where the witness gave gory details of how the packaging of expired meat, which includes beef and chicken is being changed, and for it to be replaced with new packaging in an already expired meat products.
Municipalities have embarked on special blitzes to inspect foodstuff sold mainly in townships outlets. This is a special operation over and above the normal routine monitoring done by Environmental Health Practitioners (health inspectors), says Ministry of Health spokesperson, Popo Maja.