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File photo / INAE's general inspector said the problems in Nampula were similar to those found in Maputo and Beira – particularly lack of hygiene in the workers’ dressing rooms and in the toilets, as well as in the areas where bread was baked and sold.
The National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) on Saturday warned bakeries and restaurants in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula that they must operate in decent conditions of hygiene or risk closure.
INAE general inspector Rita Freitas gave the warning at a press conference ending a visit to Nampula during which she had ordered the closure of the Gulamo bakery and cakeshop, after inspectors had found poor hygiene in the entire chain of making and selling bread.
Freitas said that most businesses have now learnt the importance of collaborating with INAE, and of observing the requirements of hygiene and safety at the workplace.
In general, she continued, businesses had understood the need for cleanliness and for good organization, but there were still serious problems in restaurants and bakeries throughout the country. In the first two months of this year, INAE ordered the closure of eight establishments (mostly bakeries) in Maputo, Beira and Nampula. In all cases, heavy fines were imposed.
Freitas said the problems in Nampula were similar to those found in Maputo and Beira – particularly lack of hygiene in the workers’ dressing rooms and in the toilets, as well as in the areas where bread was baked and sold.
“We are demanding that the owners of the bakeries show some concern over the areas that their workers must use – such as the bathroom, where the workers need at least a tap to wash their hands, a basin and a hand dried”, she said. Freitas also insisted that workers handling foodstuffs must not have long nails or beards.
She threatened “heavy penalties” for repeat offenders who disregard the instructions given by INAE.Source: AIM