Rotten eggs seized from Chinese-owned shops

Rotten eggs seized from Chinese-owned shops

MASERU-THE Ministry of Small Businesses through its marketing department raided some Chinese-owned shops and found 379 trays of eggs awaiting to be sold even though they did not have legal documentation of sale.
Of these, 104 trays were found to be rotten. The Maseru City Council (MCC) allowed the ministry to dispose the eggs at the Tšosane dumping site.

About 126 farmers brought their receipts following the raid and got their eggs back while the remaining 153 trays were given to some orphanages.
A senior marketing officer in the Ministry of Small Businesses, Nothembile Nobala, said the raid came after the Minister of Small Businesses, Chalane Phori, had moved to stop the importation of eggs on 1 June 2018.
Nobala said since that date, they have never issued any permit but they embarked on numerous inspections at shops selling eggs.

She said they normally conduct the raids if they get a tip-off that certain shop sells imported eggs or if a buyer buying from its regular supplier but has plenty of eggs in store to sell.
Nobala said they targeted five areas for inspection – the bus stop area, Lekhaloaneng-Lithabaneng, Thetsane and the Maseru West Industrial Area.

But the inspection also took place around Tšenola, Tšosane and Naleli.
Nobala said they identified a number of places because they wanted to be there at once.
“This is because normally when we do inspections, these people tip each other and some end up hiding the eggs,” she said.

She said some of the confiscated eggs had no proof as to where they were bought.
The inspection was done in the presence of local egg commercial farmers.
Nobala said the law gives them power to do the inspection and to invite other stakeholders such as the police so that their lives are not at risk.

She said nobody was arrested during the inspection.

’Mapule Motsopa

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