Be aware of cheap, expired products

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A shop in Pienaar caught selling expired products

Masoka Dube

POLICE in Mpumalanga had urged communities  to check expiry dates before buying anything which are cheap, especially from smaller shops, roadside vendors and spazas.

This is the message from police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, after expired baby formula and other products were found in a shop in Pienaar outside Mbombela.Police in conjunction with  Mbombela Municipality Law Enforcement, recently, as part of a special operation, investigated shops selling expired and counterfeit products.

“The operation was aimed at inspecting and ensuring compliance by shops selling foodstuffs and groceries in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, Act 54 of 1972,” police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said. “During the execution of the operation, police searched various shops and found one shop selling expired products ranging from baby formula to soft drinks, which were then confiscated,” said Hlathi. He said the owner of the shop was charged with contravening Section 3 of the Act and given a fine.
Eight more shop owners were also fined for failing to comply with an acceptable state of hygiene.