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The Inspector General of the National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE), Maria Rita Freitas, has warned bakers in Maputo to cooperate with institution personnel and fulfill all the recommendations made after field visits.
Speaking yesterday in Maputo during a meeting with the owners and managers of bakeries in the capital, Freitas said that the inspections that had taken place since she took office in mid-July 2016 arose from the fact that commercial entities had not complied with previous recommendations.
“There are bakeries here that were visited last year which were visited again this year and had not changed anything. That indicates that the bakery is not interested in cooperating,” AIM quotes her as saying.
Freitas also explained that the INAE’s actions would not be limited to the closure of ‘old’ bakeries.
“If any owner saw his bakery shut down simply because the building is old, let him raise his hand,” she challenged.
Regarding the bakery inspections, Freitas stated that the INAE’s persistence was at the request of the Mozambican Association of Bakeries (AMOPAO) itself.
Freitas said that the INAE orders the closure of commercial and related institutions, including bakeries, as soon as it detects that its operation poses a danger.
“We went visited some bakeries, whose names are not important. These bakeries were filled with cobwebs in working areas (where the bread is made). What we said was that they had to clean up,” she said. Two weeks later, she went on, inspectors returned and everything was still the same.
The INAE plans to extend inspections to the informal sector in collaboration with the Mozambican police, municipalities, the Ministry of Health and society stakeholders in general.Source: Folha de Maputo