Many African immigrants now feel exploited and taken advantage of as no“fake food” was found by the health department after countrywide inspections of more than 400 small shops.

A news report on times live.co.za was a major reference by many of these immigrants. A few of them posted the report on their Facebook pages to ventilate their grievances
Uchenna Obinwa who responded to the report that was posted on Solomon Izang Atom’s page said there should be a compensation to the affected shop owners or they should seek litigation.
Denga Mulenga proverbially opined: “I knew from the onset what the motive was”.

Solomon Ashoms captioned the post: “You see…”
Beneath is the rest of the report:
“There is no plastic rice or bread that won’t dissolve in water”, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said at a press conference in Johannesburg on Monday.

“Since the saga started‚ nobody has presented a single foodstuff that is fake‚” he said.

Motsoaledi also explained that food after its “best-before date is not expired food” and could be eaten.

“It is usually dry or tinned food.”

Following many videos on social media‚ including pictures of black liquid manufactured in a dark room and placed in Coca-Cola bottles‚ the national health department asked municipal health inspectors to check spaza shops countrywide for counterfeit or rotten food.

Environmental health practitioners (health inspectors) visited more than 470 small shops.

More than 100 shops were closed because the owners did not have the necessary legal documents to run them‚ while others were in areas not designated for commercial purposes. Others were run by immigrants who were not in the country legally and were thus arrested.

One store in Tshwane had items that were counterfeit – real food‚ but claiming to be a brand it was not.

Two factories were found making counterfeit goods. One was making spices and labeling them Roberstons‚ while another was bottling tap water and using Valpre labels. These have been shut.

Motsoaledi said he had been sent photos of children with ulcers and sores on their faces from allegedly eating rotten food. He said not one clinic or hospital had reported such patients.

People who had genuine information about food that was fake or unhygienic manufacturing facilities should contact the health department on 011 386 2003 to report it‚ he said.

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