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National Inspection of Economic Activities (INAE) yesterday shut down Bonsuino for holding pork in a state unsuitable for human consumption. Information indicates that the meat was marketed in Maputo’s largest supermarkets.
The owners initially denied the INAE and press entry, allegedly for failing to present a court order.
Impaired meat. Filthy. Unprofitable. This was the public health scenario that the INAE team found at Bonsuíno in Matola.
It all started with complaints from the customers supermarkets supplied by the company. The claims gained weight with the return to the slaughterhouse by supermarkets of large quantities of meat and meat derivatives.
Last Friday, an INAE team went to the site to check the veracity of the information, leaving recommendations that were not followed by the management of the company. Given the seriousness of the situation, the authorities went back to the facilities and found a pitiful scenario. “We have several types of deteriorated meats and meat products stored in the fridges. We also noted that there are large quantities of chicken that are kept in drums and seasoned for subsequent sale. This process lasts five days,” INAE technical inspector Lucia Muandule revealed.
Muandule added that there was a lack of hygiene on the premises and on the part of workers handling the meat. “There are very poor conditions and cleanliness in the factory, and in the workers’ toilets and no respect for the meat treatment procedures, in that they are all together in the same place.”
Some products were sent for laboratory analysis. “In general terms, we have a quantity of more than three thousand tons (3,300 kg) of meat that we are sure is unfit for human consumption. We have already told the owners that it must be incinerated. The company does not comply with minimum requirements, since “the process takes place in the open, which is not right”.
Muandule added that the company would be fined, without specifying the amount.
BonSuíno has been closed since yesterday and will only be allowed to reopen after fulfilling all INAE recommendations.