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Mass poisoning: Food expired in 2003

2011-01-10 14:09

Cape Town - A driver contracted to Simply Value Factory Food to dump the expired food which poisoned 151 people, allegedly decided to distribute it in the community instead, some of which expired in 2003.

A total of 151 people were treated for food poisoning in Cape Town over the weekend, the city's Disaster Risk Management Centre said on Monday.

Residents of Lwandle became ill after eating expired food that had apparently been handed out, spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

"According to our information a driver from the removal company contracted to Simply Value Factory Food shop to dump the food, decided to distribute it in the community."

Some of the food was found to have expired in 2003.

The city said it will definitely prosecute although no one had been charged yet, and authorities were still investigating. Health inspectors had taken samples of the food for testing.

Shop manager Santa Kotze was not immediately available for comment.

Comments
  • Tshifhiwa - 2011-01-10 14:19

    The driver and the store management should be charged, i mean why keeping food that has expired in 2003 to 2011? it is quite clear that some of those food were sold to the community.

      beetlecrusher - 2011-01-10 14:25

      but it is accepted practice... according to Trade and Industry. ;-)

      Chewbacca - 2011-01-10 14:29

      You're an idiot, how can you blame the store management if they paid someone to DUMP it no matter how old it was. I occasionally find an expired can of food in my cupboard. I then throw it in the bin. If someone takes it out the bin, eats it and gets sick it's not my problem.

      DeonL - 2011-01-10 14:34

      Only the driver should be fired. It is clear that only the driver gave it away or sold it, where was it said that is was sold at the shop? Wanting things for free is another factor.

      ant 1 - 2011-01-10 14:44

      Must the store manager hold the drivers hand all the way to the dump? I think not!!

      SuperCal - 2011-01-10 14:46

      you cant just dump food. As a producer its part of the inventory. There are procedures and tax issues and asset removal issues and security issues. thats why it only gets done once every few year....dont be a peanut all your life.

      Bratt - 2011-01-10 15:11

      I am not in the industry, but I would agree with Tshifhiwa here. Why keep expired goods for 7 years? Even if there are procedures that would require some sort of delay, 7 years is a LONG time. This company is suspect and an investigation needs to be carried out to find out why they are keeping food for this long. Where do they get the storage space to keep this food for this long without it costing the company? Unless Tshifhiwa is right again and the food was being resold... something smells here. Could be the rotten expired food.

      word-of-mout - 2011-01-10 15:13

      Cradle to grave. Everyone is responsible for waste whether a third party is involved or not. The responsibility of the store owner is to get the disposal certificate to assure him the food was disposed. This is the law so he will be prosecuted as well.

      Andrez - 2011-01-10 16:23

      Yip, this story is as complicated as your relationship. They should have read the labels ............

      eteen - 2011-01-10 16:31

      Agree with Chewbacca. You should return your grade 4 (your maximum achievement) school certificate to the spaza shop where you bought it.

      Jay - 2011-01-10 16:43

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha thats all!

      Totman - 2011-01-10 17:27

      It could have been 1 tin. Companies piled old stuff up to reduce cost. That is a normal practice. May be with the last batch they miss an item or two to throw away. Good that they kept it all the time for so long. Normally it would have gone missing, when workers see that something is not selling and also not count as stock for years.

      Graeme - 2011-01-10 19:03

      The problem is only some of the stuff expired in 2003, it could be 2 tins and the rest over a period of time. This could be a case of sensational journalism. Unless we have facts, you can't assume anything. Could be a case of tins left over from the last dump that there was no space for and got added. Could have landed behind/under something and found etc.

      my.cat.teacher - 2011-01-10 22:01

      But no one suspected so many will fall ill. Otherwise who would have noticed.

      Saamprater - 2011-01-11 06:19

      Don't be so sensitive. you remarks were out of line and typical ignorant. Shareholders' expectations and low profits force companies to keep inventories for years before it gets written off. But then, why do I get the feeling I'm wasting time trying to explain simple business practices......

      AJ - 2011-01-11 08:32

      @Tshifhiwa - I think you have a point there, there would be no purpose keeping expired food that long unless one thought some cash could be made somewhere down the line. However, that said and done, that wont be proven..at any rate the guy was paid to dump it but did not..

      reader1000 - 2011-01-11 08:37

      they cant charge the store management. The store payed a removal company to dispose of the food, if anything the store should sue for damage to their reputation

      mz.maseko - 2011-01-11 11:55

      Response to Tshifhiwa: I fully agree with you that the store management and the driver should be charged. In order to avoid such a situation happenning in future, I strongly suggest that the government should send inspectors to each an every shop on monthly basis in order to inspect food sold to consumers. We pay taxes on food that we buy and it will not be a problem for the government to hire Inspectors.

      christiaan.snyman1 - 2011-01-11 12:52

      You are right as the manager , should ensure that the food is properly destroyed as per the HACCP act. There would /should be a proper procedure written for destroying expire food.

      Beckie Knight - 2014-02-28 05:39

      There was a time, long, long ago, in the land of Noddy and Big Ears when real, qualified, dedicated HEALTH INSPECTORS were available.

  • Cosmic84 - 2011-01-10 14:20

    like wtf????? 2003, my word i was in first year varsity when the food expired!! crazy, but why did Supa Value stockpile this food for soooo long. i mean it could have been distributed in 2003 already!!! I think th etruck driver was trying to help tho!!!! unfortunate story!!

      Prinqulesh - 2011-01-10 18:14

      Yep. I actually feel sorry for the driver 9if he had not SOLD it and merely distributed it). His intentions where good. As a result of his intentions, he is now in trouble. I too would have considered giving the food away instead of dumping it. I hate waste. If I knew that the food was so old, perhaps not. Did the driver know how old the food was?

      Joäo Flickr - 2011-01-10 23:38

      Yes, I agree. The driver's intentions were good. I'd say.

      Jamesons - 2011-01-11 10:05

      The good Samaritan that failed. bwahahaha

  • griffin - 2011-01-10 14:28

    Giving away free stuff - Santa Clause. Giving away free food that makes people kots - Santa Kotze.

      threezero - 2011-01-10 14:35

      Lekker!!

      vbasson - 2011-01-10 14:58

      Bwahaha

      pvanzylconstruction - 2011-01-10 15:06

      vlymskerp..hehehehe..

      pal.mabelane - 2011-01-10 15:25

      Classic!

      THH - 2011-01-10 15:28

      Nice One

      Allin - 2011-01-10 15:48

      LOL

      gunsinwar - 2011-01-10 15:58

      i just laughed my GAT AF, nice one!!

      rade8408 - 2011-01-10 16:24

      Everything is a joke if you actually possess a sense of humour Irene. No one has died, they just are not enjoying life at the moment. Lighten up.

      rade8408 - 2011-01-10 16:26

      Everything is a joke if you actually possess a sense of humour Irene. No one has died, they just are not enjoying life at the moment. Lighten up.

      jfr.wtf - 2011-01-10 16:56

      lol... Yup, love that one!

      Chris - 2011-01-11 14:38

      Classic!! I love It!! better watch out better watch out....Santa Kotze is coming to town!!

  • howardsays - 2011-01-10 14:31

    Re the first paragraph, which part of the community expired in 2003? Who writes this stuff??

      Zoolie - 2011-01-10 14:50

      maybe you didn`t see or know what (,) means. matric of 2010 ?

      Karen - 2011-01-10 15:03

      Seems everyone can be a journalist nowadays. I say that if you don't know anything about grammar, stick to blogging :-)

      nessiebean - 2011-01-10 15:09

      Actually @howardsays is right, the word order is incorrect and distorts the meaning.

      SaligSondaar - 2011-01-10 15:14

      I agree with Howard - it does read as if some of the community members expired during 2003. And I had 7 distinctions in matric, class of '79.

      shawntx10 - 2011-01-10 16:24

      Where did you get your education from? Damn you people are dumb, I'm afrikaans and this shit is correct, you people don't know how to read.

      Tanweer - 2011-01-10 16:33

      hey guys come now , go back to learn the effect of the commas (,) it all makes sence if you learn ! !

      Thabz - 2011-01-10 16:46

      @Zoolie, agreed. The grammar is correct, they did put a comma...come now ppl..

      francois.roux1 - 2011-01-10 16:50

      I'd say that first paragraph written as, "A driver contracted to Simply Value Factory Food to dump expired food, some of which expired in 2003 and poisoned 151 people, allegedly decided to distribute it in the community instead.", would be a better structure. The primary message being communicated is that a driver that was paid to dump food allegedly distributed it to the community instead. The secondary message is that the food had expired and poisoned people. When a secondary message, about the state of the food and what it did to people, has to be inserted in the middle of the sentence you mark it between commas. However, you should be able to remove the secondary message without breaking the primary message. If we do it with the original paragraph, "A driver contracted to Simply Value Factory Food to dump the expired food which poisoned 151 people some of which expired in 2003.", the sentence is broken and doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If you do it with my version, "A driver contracted to Simply Value Factory Food to dump expired food allegedly decided to distribute it in the community instead.", the primary message is retained and it's perfectly ok to remove the secondary message.

      My5cents - 2011-01-10 17:17

      Ah, the hunble comma. I'm roasting, Dad. I'm roasting Dad.

      pikejuan - 2011-01-10 17:19

      i agree with the essay below. the 2 commas are used to add more information to the sentence, if you take out "allegedly decided to distribute it in the community instead" you are left with "A driver contracted to Simply Value Factory Food to dump the expired food which poisoned 151 people some of which expired in 2003"

      jfr.wtf - 2011-01-10 18:32

      Well, I am sorry to say that the first paragraph is 100% correct. Could have been said differently, but doesn't mean it's coherently incorrect. There is absolutely no grammar (incorrect word order)issues there. The fact that you read it seventeen times over to understand what the author was saying, doesn't mean he did anything wrong.

      Bashful1 - 2011-01-10 20:10

      Glad you told us you're Afrikaans because now we understand why you think it's correct. I'm also Afrikaans, just putting it out there, and the two commas have the same function as brackets. Same rule applies in Afrikaans. That which has been written between the two commas should refer to what was written immediately before the first comma. A good way to test is to remove the bit between the commas to see whether it still makes sense. Gone are the days of good grammar in South African reporting. How can they maintain a high standard when the standard of education is dropping at such a rapid pace?

      Umfubi - 2011-01-10 22:10

      Despite what some of the geniuses here are saying, the grammar is NOT correct. This has nothing to do with mere commas, but with sentence structure. Another prime example of News24's aversion to competent sub-editing.

      Susannomore - 2011-01-11 06:37

      Agreed. People tend to try and add too many facts into one sentence which often leads to the misunderstanding. This is all too common and has lead to a lot more arguments than this! Clear and consise is the key.

      Greg - 2011-01-11 06:49

      Word order not incorrect. There is a comma, and the word which, not who, is used. So anybody without a distinction, and a sense for English, would be able to recognise the meaning.

      PeterZ - 2011-01-11 07:53

      Hay guys! What are we talking about here? food poisoning or word poisoning?Keep to the topci!

      PeterZ - 2011-01-11 07:55

      Sorry all you grammar experts for my typo mistakes but typing was not a subject I had at school. lol.

      steenkamp.eugene - 2011-01-11 10:03

      How about the following: If the lift gets stuck, please press the button and speak clearly when security answers. Please do not panic. Perfect, except where I saw this there was no fullstop after "answers", so I found it very funny when I initially read it as "when security answers, please do not panic"

      Homer - 2011-01-11 10:11

      @Salig Sondaar. Belated Congratulations on your 7 distictions. Shouldn't you be busy treating some of these patients?

  • ant 1 - 2011-01-10 14:32

    Must the manager hold the drivers hand, all the way to the dump? no!!

      Bratt - 2011-01-10 15:15

      No, but he must arrange for expired goods to be destroyed in time. He will have to answer why he kept food expired in 2003 for so long.

      ant 1 - 2011-01-10 15:31

      Y do think he sent the food to the dump

      Umfubi - 2011-01-10 22:13

      Actually, Bratt, anyone, anywhere can keep food as long as they bloody well like. It is nobody's business but their own how often they choose to clear it out.

  • chiepner - 2011-01-10 14:34

    Shoulds we not ask the question then - if such a large quantity of food was left to expire and then shipped off to just get dumped, how many starving street children could of been fed if the food was not allowed to pass its expiry date and then was simply donated to these underprivladge communities before it became foul. I dont understand where is the humanity in allowing food thats not being bought or used by others to just lie and rot while people are dying in this country, forced to prostitution and murder and crime because of hunger. We call ourselves civilised yet we allow death to make sure we make more money?

      ShaunSwindon@24.com - 2011-01-10 15:04

      Capitalism at its best :( They would rather throw food away than not make a profit = retarded.

      Totman - 2011-01-10 17:37

      It could have been a claim against a supplier or insurances. If you ever went through one of those you would have realized that it is possible. I agree that it is long, but with bad stock keeping and management it is possible. You are not allowed to give food away if it is expired with a claim on it. I am just playing with a possible reason.

  • Zoolie - 2011-01-10 14:35

    He wanted to be a hero, now his Zero. That community is going to have him for breakfast.

      pal.mabelane - 2011-01-10 15:27

      Then they will get poisoned again.

      Thabz - 2011-01-10 16:48

      Its a bit sad though..he probably had good intentions. I think the people should've also checked the expiry date.

  • IandI - 2011-01-10 14:36

    This has spoilt my appetite. I was just enjoying late lunch consisting of genetically-modified rice and 10 years-old recycled,repacked, washed-in chlorine chicken.

      pal.mabelane - 2011-01-10 15:29

      Tell me you didn't buy that chicken from Pick n Pay...

      Totman - 2011-01-10 17:41

      Tomorrow we going to read about you and you can participate with 1st hand experience. Suggestion: get a laptop and a 3g to do it from the toilet.lol.

  • Wolff - 2011-01-10 14:44

    last week it was recycled chicken, this week its recycled tins of food.....and who is suffering as a consequence....we the public.

      Rainbow1 - 2011-01-10 15:51

      The chicken suffered the most ;-)

      Susannomore - 2011-01-11 06:38

      @Rainbow - what about the egg? It did come first :)

  • BlacknWhite - 2011-01-10 14:50

    i guess the driver was trying to help fellow comrades. why keep fodd that expired 7yrs ago? can someone from Simply Value Factory Food explain this

      met eish ja - 2011-01-10 18:29

      If you crunch the numbers... lets say the food was canned - who knows - and may have had a shelf life of about 10 years then it may have been produced in/around 1994 - Remember all the white people stocking up food prior to the Referendum... Well, perhaps this company had a white boss long time ago and he not only stocked up but forgot about it too... just a thought... as for the rest of the comments here: SAD and FAIL.

  • swirlster - 2011-01-10 14:52

    It's the colonialists I tell you !!!

      rade8408 - 2011-01-10 16:26

      learn to recognise sarcasm.

      eteen - 2011-01-10 16:34

      No it's APARTHEID

  • duncan - 2011-01-10 14:59

    I demand a commission !!!!!

      ant 1 - 2011-01-10 15:06

      For what, did u work there?

      ant 1 - 2011-01-10 15:08

      For what, did u work there?

  • jannie - 2011-01-10 15:00

    The government sure has some work to do with regards to educating people. Even if someone dropped a bag of rump steaks and a case of beer, none of which have expired yet, I will not eat/drink it. Sure the people are poor and hungry, but this just points out the massive work that needs to be done.

  • Trevor - 2011-01-10 15:02

    This smells, I think someone is being made the scape goat, either way the COMPANY is liable as they can blame ANYONE they want, the driver works for them, it's their produce and they should have documention on disposal weight, time and date, when and how, if not, the MD is the one who will goto jail, that is how it works.

      Lindiwe - 2011-01-10 15:47

      You got it all wrong, the driver will get off with a slap on the wrist, the owner will get a bonus and the white man will be taxed more to pay for the bonus. The people who ate the food couldn't read the expiry dates because they all failed matric so the blame should go to .......................... (drum roll) our Minister of Education!

      Susannomore - 2011-01-11 06:42

      If this was the case, it would come to light with the documentation which the driver was issued. Just a case of overall stupidity, from both Management and the driver. And as far as the theory of it takes years to dispose of espired goods (previous comment), that is hogwash. If procedures are written and followed, there is no problem. It is just a "shlep" to do, so a lot of companies leave it as long as they can.

  • Lindiwe - 2011-01-10 15:16

    Our uneducated population obviously can't read expiry dates!

      perrrleeez - 2011-01-10 15:53

      Nothing to do with education. Our gov allows expired food to be repackaged and sold back to those uneducated people with brand new labels. The only thing that expires is the old label. It expires and gets replaced with a new one. Rotten old wine in new bottles, thats what its all about.

  • ice - 2011-01-10 15:26

    yes its always the white mans fault , you cant compare cape town to Gauteng (WITCH BY THE WAY IS RUN BY THE ANC)!!!!!!!!!!!!! cape town is ten times more cleaner n run better n then go to gauteng n you go to the shops here dont even get greeted instead they sit there chewing like a washing machine n picking their noses .... sis .... Thank your government for making promises they cant keep ... all talk no action

      perrrleeez - 2011-01-10 15:59

      You live pre-1994 boy. DA's got more Black supporters than white. I dont support DA but I support facts. If ANC is so called "your governemnt" WTF dont you pack your rucksak and go to Canada or Australia. The've got miles of desert that needs settling. OK boyo!!

      ant 1 - 2011-01-10 16:32

      You sound intelligent. So what happend, lose a cell or two

      ice - 2011-01-10 16:51

      actually i think you completely misinterpreted what i was saying ... i was just actually pointing out to Poloyatonki msg but ya anyway n no i didnt choose the ANC NOT MY GOVERNMENT N I DON"T SUPPORT THEM If you compare places that are run by the Da and the Anc , Da unfortunately does a better job .... O n trust me the first chance i get i will pack my rucksack and get out of this country .... this place is a sh!t hole

      Thabz - 2011-01-10 16:52

      @perrrleeez..Thanx dude..Ice is clearly plain old stupid..

      ant 1 - 2011-01-10 18:22

      ICE MY MISTAKE I should have begun with "perrrleeez" wont happen again

      Susannomore - 2011-01-11 06:43

      In order to be taken seriously you really should write correctly. Ask someone to help you so that you can sound and look like you know what you are talking about!

      Greg - 2011-01-11 06:55

      Bye bye Ice. Eish, idiot! And I'm an ex-Capetonian, living in Gauteng. What crap are you talking about shop assistant's? Maybe you were in a Spaza shop while they ate their snot? I've always commented on the difference (positively), of the assistance in Jhb compared to CT. Not in every case, but overall, much friendlier people here. Not that any of this has anything to do with the topic........

      John Wilderness - 2011-01-11 07:05

      Ice wants to play cards again.

      Khoisan - 2011-01-11 16:26

      Dear ice and people like you, thank you for all your comments, we are overwhelmed with all the material you're providing us with for our research, which we are currently conducting. The research is titled: "An Empirical Study of Men who lost Political Power and the size of their Brain in Relation to their Penis".

  • Celery - 2011-01-10 15:28

    Heh, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Sorry to hear that some of the community expired in 2003 though, tragic.... ;)

  • perrrleeez - 2011-01-10 15:33

    WTF IS GOING ON HERE. What's food expired 10 years ago doing any where in South Africa? The Ministry (agriculture, health or whatever)must be held accountable here. It all starts with allowing chicken thats expired to be repackaged and sold to unsuspecting consumers. Its just a matter of time before bread, beans, fish, sugar, mealie meal, rice etc gets repackaged with ministerial approval and sold to consumers. HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY OF OURS HAVE TO BE POISONED OR EVEN DIE BEFORE A LAW IS PASSED WHICH SAYS EXPIRED MEANS EXPIRED!!!

      THH - 2011-01-10 15:46

      Matric 2010 I see

      ant 1 - 2011-01-10 16:36

      that fits!!!

      THH - 2011-01-10 16:37

      LOL

      Susannomore - 2011-01-11 06:45

      OMG, I sleep through 2 years! When did it become 2013????

      anne.erasmus - 2011-01-11 11:14

      The Ministry must be held accountable? That's the funniest comment I've read in months!

      cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-11 13:29

      LOL! What a MUPPET!! Perrrleeez, did you even read the article?

  • hennie.strydom1 - 2011-01-10 15:41

    Some food manufacturers are required by law to keep a certain amount of their products for a period of 10 years sometime more. This is required for shelf life analysis. Besides, there are now laws saying you can’t stock expired food.....selling it is a different story though. The other factor that needs to be taken into account is that companies keep expired stock in their warehouses because storing it is sometimes less expensive than paying someone to dump it. When prices come down they dump it. This is a regular practice in the chemical distribution industry where dumping costs are extremely expensive.

      Matseko - 2011-01-10 15:51

      You have a point brother.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-10 16:52

      Here we go! Someone with some facts!

  • Stryder - 2011-01-10 15:51

    I would like to hear what the fool has to say now who blamed the DA earlier! I wonder what is the drivers surname!!!!!!????

      Will2.0 - 2011-01-10 16:18

      How would knowing his/her surname shed any light on the matter?

      cervezab - 2011-01-10 22:49

      I agree with Will, please explain how a mans surname will shed some light

  • WesGeek - 2011-01-10 16:03

    After reading the comments posted you also have to keep in mind, we as the public can read and write and if the X-date said 2003 then it is not fresh anymore. Why should the store and driver take the blame, we can all read a simple date? Responsibility start with us.

  • YoungStar - 2011-01-10 16:05

    Typical greed on the drivers part, for those of you who dont know this is a usual occurence. Goods that are stolen from distribution companies and goods that are sent for dumping by supermarkets/warehouses are usually taken to townships and other areas to be sold at half the price and the driver and crew still make enough money. This is definitely not a new practice, it is just sad that these people were victims of a money-making scheme. Catch the driver and get him to pay the medical fees and do community service in that area.

  • Muedi - 2011-01-10 16:06

    Yes the Store management and stuff must not to be blamed they are the source but they did not send those people to sell or whatever but to dump,which mean they are not the course just a source.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-01-10 16:11

    expired food make people stupid and I am living prove of it

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-10 16:53

      O_o Oh dear.

  • BlackSwan - 2011-01-10 16:27

    Depends on the product - if it was canned, it could easily still be fine! If it was fresh poultry - another story. Moral of the story - let's get the facts before we start another witchhunt involving innocent people

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-10 16:54

      For the canned foods, thats only a "possibility" but a 7 year old chicken? It could possibly be able to run away from the community after all that time on the shelf (ech!)

      ice - 2011-01-10 17:19

      Canned food is pretty safe from bacterial action. but there can be exceptions of fx production temperatures were not correct. That is usually what causes 'bulging' cans. Canned food is not necessarily safe from chemical reactions. The metals used in the can may react with the food and contaminate it. If the can is sealed with a solder containing lead the lead could diffuse into the food and that is not healthy. cans older than about 20 years were made with metals only and should not be trusted. Modern cans are usually made with an inner polymer lining to avoid such contamination, but even there production errors can give rips or holes in the lining so metal and food can get at each other. And finally cans can corrode from the outside until holes appear through which bacteria and whatever can get at the food. Heat and moisture accelerate corrosion and chemical reactions so storage in a cool dry place improve the odds of the can staying good. You can be lucky and have a can that is still eatable after hundreds of years, but you can also be unlucky and get a can that has gone bad after a few years. maybe even before the expiration date. So it is not true that cans 'never really go bad'. At least not without a lot of caveats: perfect production, cool dry storage, non acidic food, etc. Read more: How long do canned foods still stay good after the expiration date? Someone told me they never really go bad. Is this true? |

      ice - 2011-01-10 17:27

      Canned food is pretty safe from bacterial action. but there can be exceptions of fx production temperatures were not correct. That is usually what causes 'bulging' cans. Canned food is not necessarily safe from chemical reactions. The metals used in the can may react with the food and contaminate it. If the can is sealed with a solder containing lead the lead could diffuse into the food and that is not healthy. cans older than about 20 years were made with metals only and should not be trusted. Modern cans are usually made with an inner polymer lining to avoid such contamination, but even there production errors can give rips or holes in the lining so metal and food can get at each other. And finally cans can corrode from the outside until holes appear through which bacteria and whatever can get at the food. Heat and moisture accelerate corrosion and chemical reactions so storage in a cool dry place improve the odds of the can staying good. You can be lucky and have a can that is still eatable after hundreds of years, but you can also be unlucky and get a can that has gone bad after a few years. maybe even before the expiration date. So it is not true that cans 'never really go bad'. At least not without a lot of caveats: perfect production, cool dry storage, non acidic food, etc. But we cant really be sure what it was they ate

  • Stryder - 2011-01-10 17:08

    Just shows you when last was that company visited by a health inspector.

      ant 1 - 2011-01-10 17:42

      Sounds like the canman,,,,, from nampak maybe?

      Totman - 2011-01-10 17:55

      What,......health inspectors?????????????????????? There are extinct with the 3 legged snake!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Frank - 2011-01-10 18:51

    The food should have been destroyed under supervision of the company. This is part of the law as I understand it.

  • IanJ - 2011-01-10 23:00

    Come on. Any-one with some brains will realise that giving a 'driver' the responsibility to dump 'food' can only lead to trouble. Expiry dates mean nothing when you are hungry and you are give or sold cheap 'food'. The management at the company 'dumping' it are responsible.

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-01-11 00:25

      @ Ian - Definitely poor management. I would like to know why they waited so long to dump the expired stock. I disagree with you on management being held responsible though, because there are no laws on when expired stock has to be dumped! The responsible department can however be punished internally, as far as the law goes, the person handing out expired food will probably be charged.

      cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-11 13:33

      @Kaleidoscope IanJ is saying the company contracted to dump the food could be in the line of fire, not the company that contracted them to do the dumping. The driver was not employed by Simply Value Factory Food.

  • hsds40ag - 2011-01-11 01:35

    Having been in the canned as well as other food manufacturing industry for a lifetime I'm sad for the public ignorance of food safety and very sad for those exposed to (some) very dangerous food poisons which could be a direct consequence of bad food handling practices at times. To mention a few, if not carefully controlled: swollen canned foods, especially those foodstuffs that are non-acidic (not sour taste) such as canned greens, meats, fish. Some acidic foods such as tomato sometimes well exhibit a harmless swell. Some expired goods can be OK (canned dry, oily goods such as nuts; well packaged dry goods). Needles to say that the container must be undamaged, even for not-yet-expired goods. I hardly see anybody checking the tinned food when shopping for (leaking/leaked} dented/damaged rims which could suck in air borne bacteria or dirt from handling. Etc, etc, etc. My question(s): why allow damaged/expired goods on the shelf? why not monitor food stores for selling damaged goods on frequent surprise visits? why not do the same for food distributors? why allow damaged foodstuffs/packaging to enter the food chain? Some but incomplete answers could be: greed? corruption? understaffing? bad, but profitable reporting. Food poisoning is serious.

  • Susannomore - 2011-01-11 06:32

    It simply does not make sense to keep food which expired 7 years ago! These people obviously do not run any sort of quality or safety systems. In a (very small) way, I almost feel sorry for the obviously uneducated driver. He was only trying to do good. But just goes to show that our good deeds are not always that. On the other hand, perhaps it was intentional. I look forward to this trial (if that happens).

      dvdb27 - 2011-01-11 08:58

      At the end of the day Susanjustoncemore, if you want something done, do it yourself. I don't appreciate the way the media has handled this. This factory shop is located across the road from Lwandle. Lwandle being renowned for it's high murder, rape and drug statistics. I mean if people like Anni Dewani's murderers can operate out of Khayelitsha, then i'm sure they have a few cousins running around in neighboring Lwandle too. I suggest you resign your job Mr. Kotze and go elsewhere because the media most probably wont even report on your possible assassination by a tik addict paid R1 000 to bring back your head...

  • John Wilderness - 2011-01-11 07:02

    In SA generally the media targets government corruption and turns a blind eye to corruption in the private sector. By time the media exposes more corruption in the private sector.

  • Ares - 2011-01-11 08:20

    Hope the majority have learnt a lesson from this that hand outs aren't always good for them !! HA HA HA !!

  • dvdb27 - 2011-01-11 08:47

    Let's say the expiry date read "11 January 2011" and the food was "DUMPED" tomorrow "12 January 2011" and some of this "DUMPED" food caused people to become sick, there would be no change in the reaction of the community and the media. Once again the media has labelled this incident as a major catastrophe for the DA led Western Cape province. Words such as "DUMPED", "INFORMAL SETTLEMENT", etc. and the fact that they actually named the shop manager's name in the first report that came through, is clear evidence that the powers that be are stirring. Not even the names of murderers and rapists are revealed in first reports. I mean come on, so they couldn't find the MD of the store so they grabbed the first "white sounding" name they could find. Everyone is throwing their toys out of their cots because the ANC wants to muzzle the media? Lol, the media has already been muzzled people. Did anyone watch the Enews report on this story last night? The hatred of white people was so evident in the remarks and facial expressions of that black female resident of Lwandle. Had the shop manager for Simply Value Factory Food been a person of colour, no names would have been mentioned in this report. White business owners need to be extra vigilant in South Africa it seems. As Julius Malema has recently said, "We cannot allow white males to dominate the economy any longer". The media is creating mass social division and unrest in the country!

      dvdb27 - 2011-01-11 09:06

      Anyway well done to the surrounding hospitals for coping with the sudden influx of ill patients at their emergency wards. It shows that the Western Cape hospitals are running smoothly and that the DA is delivering on services. I doubt any of the patients had medical aid so the patients must all have gone to the DA managed Hottentots Holland public hospital.

  • sradsteve - 2011-01-11 09:46

    So anyways here in CT the chicken producrs have what is basically a bunker to store chicken wich goes to the incinerator ( dead chickens, feathers and all). The a-holes come at night break through the fence , tie chains through the doors of said bunker and rip them off. Load up up and off they go. Couple of days later 151 are in hospital with food poisining. What did you eat? Chicken. Where did you get it? Company X. Auntie watches the news or reads about it and company X reputation is in the toilet.

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-01-11 11:27

    Question: are people REALLY this stupid that they would actually eat and drink stinking, foul discarded food which even the vultures won't eat? Have they NO intelligence left to know that this stuff really, really, but really isn't fit to eat by anyone who wants to STAY ALIVE? I think it's high time that people start taking responsibility for their own stupidity and that the ANC-regime stops making political capital out of such ridiculous incidents by blaming others for these people's stupidity and total lack of self-responsibility. Even when waste-food is buried - such as for instance, the CARCASSES OF LIVESTOCK WHICH HAVE DIED OF ANTHRAX, some mentally-challenged people will DIG THEM UP AND EAT THEM. It's insane to blame this on anybody else except these stupid scavengers. There's just no excuse for such stupidity.

  • Martin - 2011-01-11 14:25

    There is a joke...of the shop that was selling expired chicken cheaply. This customer opened one of the last available chickens and smell into the legs to determine whether it was off. The store cashier was agasped and asked the customer..."Marram, will you pass that test?".

  • Mother12 - 2011-01-11 15:52

    If I may add may 2 cents worth, alot of comments here are extremely valid.However has anybody stopped to consider why food stays on a shelf an expires and then leads to a situation where it needs to be dumped. Personally I think it is extremely scary how much food is wasted( or recycled aka chicken) simply becuase it is not sold. Why is it not been sold very simple beucase depending on what section of society you come from this food could be expensive cheap or moderatley priced. To this day I still cannot believe that retailers etc feed us media crap like we are fighting proces, pay less save more blah blah I was a farmer and I can assure we are been ripped of like you would not believe. Did you know that rump steak carries a cost price of between R8 - 11per kilo yet we pay up to R90 a kilo, something simple like a pineapple we pay between R10-15 a pineapple did you know a farmer only gets between 60 and 80 cents a pineapple. Maybe food should be reasonably priced and it wouldnt go of in the shops becuase it will become more available to the lower class and they would not resort to eating handouts like this

  • Khoisan - 2011-01-11 16:01

    @eteen. That's all you good for, is to denigrate black people, the only thing you have is this web site and the few worldly possessions which you think will last forever. I got news for you railway and postman, (that's what you were before the new SA) blacks are cleverer than you think. They fooled you under apartheid and won the day and they are catching you again. It might take another 350 years, but you will become the post and railway man again. That's the level of your education.

  • Beckie Knight - 2014-02-28 05:39

    There was a time, long, long ago, in the land of Noddy and Big Ears when real, qualified, dedicated HEALTH INSPECTORS were available.

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