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The National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) has ordered the closure of an unofficial ice cream factory that had been operating for more than a month in the Soalpo neighbourhood, outside the city of Chimoio.
The newspaper O País reports that, acting on public complaints, an INAE team visited the facility yesterday and closed it down, having discovered serious hygiene deficiencies.
The Manica INAE inspector who headed the brigade said that the facility did not meet minimum conditions for the manufacture of the product, and the equipment was inadequate for the purpose.
Filipe Samuel Meque, manager of the now-closed factory, claims that ignorance of the law was to blame for him engaging in illegal activity, saying “We were not aware that it was forbidden to make ice cream and popsicles at home. We only thought it was forbidden to manufacture in the markets”.
The closure of the factory has come as an unpleasant surprise to pupils at the Soalpo Secondary School, the factory’s main customers. The INAE however claims to know about other factories engaged in the same activity and warns that similar measures will be taken.Source: Folha de Maputo
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