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File photo / INAE's president Rita Freitas
Mozambique’s National Economic Activities Inspectorate (INAE) in Mozambique closed 217 establishments for serious “hygiene and cleanliness problems” since the beginning of the year, Inspector General Rita Freitas has revealed.
From January to September, the INAE inspected 13,589 establishments throughout the country and ordered 217 closures, mostly in the hospitality, catering and commercial sectors.
“They were closed because they were operating under unacceptable conditions” and posed a danger to public health, Freitas told a press conference in Chimoio, Manica province, central Mozambique, where a team is currently carrying inspections.
The latest closure, she said, was that of a state abattoir in Chimoi operating without a connection to the sewage network and leaving the blood and parts of dead animals “flowing into the public thoroughfare”.
A foul smell betrayed the lack of sanitary conditions.
“It was shocking,” Freitas said, relating how the animals were slaughtered on the ground using knives, occasioning much suffering prior to death. Freitas recommended the construction of a new slaughterhouse should the state wish to continue activities in the sector.
Freitas also revealed that the institution’s mission to Manica from 12 to 15 September had inspected 29 establishments and ordered the incineration as unfit for consumption of various products seized from in hotels, restaurants and even supermarkets.
Freitas said that, in several hotels, frozen meals stored in plastic bags and bowls were served, and that many fresh products were not separated as to species.
She also lamented the obvious presence of minors in nightclubs and said owners must comply with legislation restricting access to persons over the age of 18.Source: Lusa