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Retailers selling expired food items will be fined

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 09/09/2020

A fine will be imposed under the Food Act 2020 for those who are selling expired food items also for those who are selling food products that are unfit for consumption.

The CEO of the Ministry responsible for Foods – Dr. Viliami Manu says, this is one of the penalties imposed under the Food Act 2020 which was passed in Parliament early this week.

Viliami says, for those selling foods that are unfit for consumption aware that it was not fit for consumption will definitely be fined, under the new law.

The Ministry works in partnership with the Ministry of Health to ensure everyone will comply with the law.

CEO adds, the Ministry is now working to inspect foreign shops and businesses to ensure the area where they defrost frozen food products such as chicken meat boxes, are clean, hygienic and safe for use.

The concern is because this meat will then be deemed unfit for consumption and would eventually be destroyed.

The Food Bill 2020 was passed in Parliament which regulates the production, commercially exporting and importing of food products and to ensure they are fit and safe for consumption.

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