GITEX Floods Sierra Leone Market with Harmful Products
Sugar with no production or expiry date … Questionable Rice
The name Tajco Limited was changed to Gitex after some controversies surrounding its alleged link with the Lebanese Hezbollah (Arabic: meaning Party of God) Group. The company is not unconnected to allegations of supplying alleged expired flour products to the market. According to investigations, the sugar products sent to the market are currently been placed at their Ross Road stores, most of which do not have expiry nor manufacturing dates. “What they normally do is to put these products in new rebranded bags and supply to the market,” sources say and added that these are some of the products posing health threats in the lives of consumers. Sugar bags with inscriptions like raizen, coYital in 50kg and 25kg bags etc., do not have any expiry dates on them; and these products are already in the market for sale.
it was also discovered that some of the rice in 50kg and 25kg bags are all the same products but in different bags and with different names.
Ministry of Health Officials who spoke to this press last evening are of the opinion that though some expiry dates relate to product taste, in some cases eating expired food triggers food poisoning. “Symptoms and health effects vary depending on the type of poisoning,” they remarked. However, common signs include cramping in the stomach area, frequent vomiting, fever, dizziness, dehydration and persistent diarrhea.
What came out clearly is the fact that some Authorities claimed to be Standards Bureau Officials are allegedly conniving with the Lebanese Business men along the Cline Town and Ross Road community where most of these alleged substandard products are stored and later supplied to the market. Four Officials purportedly working for Standards Bureau in a vehicle with registration number ADY 778 entered GITEX Company Limited Stores at 11 Ross Road in Freetown on Wednesday not to inspect the products but to serve as spokespersons for the company. Although they were informed about the alleged expired sugar and rice products, all fell into deaf ears. “Whosoever wants any information from us must come to our office,” one of them who introduced himself as Jones remarked.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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