‘Eat safe’

The recent news on food safety in stores in Kasane has focused everyone’s attention on this critical issue. Inspectors from the police, local authorities and the consumer protection unit raided a number of stores, seizing goods that had expired or that were not of adequate quality and damning the stores for their poor hygiene.

Perhaps the most amusing aspect to this story (yes, there is one) is the reaction we have heard from some of the stores. “We weren’t told this was going to happen!” they said, complaining that they had not been given advance warning of the inspections, presumably so they could do their own checks beforehand and fix, cover-up or dispose-off their offences.

But that is the point, isn’t it? These inspections are MEANT to be unannounced. They are meant to be a surprise. They are meant to check what the rest of us will see when we visit the stores. Do you ever call a store to warn them that you are coming over to buy stuff and can they please clean and tidy the store beforehand? No, of course you do not and neither should the inspectors. Their job is to inspect reality, not to inspect a cover-up.

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Shame on the Police!

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