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Mozambique’s National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) in the last two weeks ordered the closure of ten bakeries in Maputo and the neighbouring city of Matola and seven other shops and other commercial establishments throughout the country.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, the INAE national director of operations, Virginia Muianga, said that brigades from INAE and the Norms and Quality Institute (INNOQ) had inspected 520 establishments.
In addition to the closures, in 24 other cases fines totalling 3.15 million meticais (about 48,800 US dollars) were imposed.
As in previous inspections, the main problems the INAE/ INNOQ brigades found concerned hygiene and health. A large number of products were found past their expiry dates, which resulted in fines of 55,500 meticais.
But in the bakeries other problems were found which look very much like attempts by the bakers to swindle their customers. According to the INNOQ general director Alfredo Sitoe, of the 122 bakeries inspected 66 were selling underweight loaves. Many bakeries were also not publicly displaying their price lists.
Sitoe added that INNOQ had inspected filling stations in Maputo and Matola and found 85 faulty pumps, which deliver less fuel that the customers have paid for.Source: AIM