Expired Food in Uganda; Thanks to Asian Supermarkets

Tuesday, September 23, 2008  

Asian SupermarketIn the wake of the Chinese food scare, African countries appear to be urging extra vigilance in the quality of products they purchase from Asia.  But as this Ugandan experience shows, marketing fake and expired products is becoming the hall mark of Asian supermarkets in the country.

The Ugandan authorities discovered an influx of expired goods into the country by Asian supermarkets operating in the country. The traders simply repackaged the goods and fixed new expiry dates or they easily stamped new dates on the old ones making it impossible for buyers to know or detect any foul play.

The authorities are asking for public and security support to flush out the culprits.  The products range from cosmetics, biscuits, sodas and tomato sauce among other consumables.