Homeless Plett residents given expired food after shack fire

2015-10-02 13:21
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George - A group of residents from Plettenberg Bay’s informal settlement have expressed their shock at being given expired food hampers by the local government after their homes were burnt down in a shack fire.

Twenty-six homes were burnt during the fire after a paraffin stove fell over in one of the homes on Tuesday, the Cape Argus reported on Friday.

According to the newspaper, the KwaNokuthula residents took objection to food hampers provided by the government that had allegedly expired in May 2014. The hampers included cooking oil, raw beans and canned goods.

They were also given mattresses and blankets.

The South African Communist Party slammed the local Democratic Alliance (DA) government, claiming it was the second time expired food had been donated to a community in the province.

The municipality reportedly received the packages from the Eden District Municipality in June and apologised for the incident, claiming staff had not opened the boxes.

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) recently called on consumers to exercise caution when it came to buying expired food, Health24 reported in May.

"Consumers should not buy products with damaged packaging or lapsed expiry dates and should read product labels carefully," NCC spokesperson Trevor Hattingh had said in the wake of a contamination incident with Paramalat's PureJoy apple juice.

Previous incidents

In February 2014, frozen food items with four-year-old expiry dates were removed from several Trompsburg shops in a police raid in the Free State, News24 reported.

The Free State health department, home affairs and police raided eight shops in Trompsburg, finding expired food at every shop they visited.

Free State police said they had received several complaints about expired goods, including expired infant milk.

The expired goods were confiscated and destroyed at a dump site.

In January 2011, 151 people were poisoned after a driver, contracted to Simply Value Factory Food to dump the expired food, distributed it in the community instead, Sapa reported.

Residents of Lwandle in Cape Town became ill after eating the expired food, some of which had been expired for eight years.

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