Kitwe council pounces on rotten flour, mealie meal

A TEAM of health inspectors from Kitwe City Council on Tuesday confiscated eight bags of rotten baking flour and a one 10 kg bag of roller meal from Mpongwe Milling depot in second class trading area valued at K522.

The health inspectors swung into action after a tip-off and confiscated 4 by 50kg bags of baking flour, 4 by 40kg baking flour, and one 10kg bag of roller meal.

The council health inspectors arrived at the Mpongwe milling depot at 16:38hours and ordered the shop keeper to identify and remove the rotten flour bags which were in the shelves, which they confiscated.

Kitwe City Council Public relations manager Dorothy Sampa said the Council Health inspectors were alerted by a member of the public who bought the same product.

“Yes, I can confirm that council health inspectors yesterday (Tuesday) swung into action and confiscated 4 by 50kg bags of baking flou, 4 by 40kg baking flour and one 10kg roller meal. The health inspectors moved in after being tipped by members of the public who had bought the commodity from the same shop,” Ms Sampa said.

And Ms Sampa has since written to the milling company, directing that it complies or face punitive measures if it was found wanting for the second time.

She expressed disappointment that the milling company was selling rotten products, saying it was against the Food and Drug Act for anyone to sell rotten food stuff to the public.

Ms Sampa, however, said the local authority would acquire court order to destroy the rotten baking flour and mealie meal.

And One of the customers, Joyce Mwape who bought the rotten baking flour worth about K200 narrated that on Saturday she went home to bake only discovered the flour was rotten when she got home

” It was on a Saturday when I bought baking flour and as i tried to bake at home, I opened one pack and i was greeted by a bad smell.

The flour smelt bad, but I continued to put in the dish of water and it produced different smell. I then discovered with maggots,” she said Mwape said she wanted her money back because she had lost business as result of rotten flour.

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