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Rat droppings, cockroaches and expired food discovered in CBD shops raid

Food items deemed unfit for consumption have been taken off the shelves of some stores in Durban.

Unfit food
Nushera Soodyal

Inspectors from the labour department, accompanied by police officer and SARS officials - made unannounced visits to several shops in the Point and central Durban areas.

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They confiscated some items that were expired, or had insects and rat droppings in or on them.

Expired food
Nushera Soodyal

Two stores were slapped with fines for not adhering to labour and consumer laws, while one had no business license for food.

KZN Labour spokesperson, Lungelo Mkamba, says their inspectors will check up on the same stores again at a later stage.

Unfit food
Nushera Soodyal

"What they found there is expired food - which has been confiscated. They also found infested with insects, rat droppings, cockroaches - there's filthy conditions, and the store itself is also promoting rat infestation," he said.

Mkamba said necessarily action will be taken against the various stores - while the municipality has also issued them with fines. 

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