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Tuck shop found with expired milk

Written by Selloane Molakeng

There is something off at Ben’s Tuck Shop in Phuthaditjhaba, about 70 kms outside Bethlehem and a recent OurHealth visit shows it’s the milk.

healthyfoodOn a recent visit to the shop, OurHealth found four one-litre bottles of expired milk stocked on the shelves ready to be bought. The shop owner refused to talk to OurHealth about the issue.

Customers said that while they depended on the tuck shop for everyday groceries they seldom checked expiration dates.

“I buy everything at the shop,” said regular customer Sindi Dladla. “I never really pay attention to the expiry dates.”

Fellow customer Mpho Mosia alleged that milk bought from the shop sometimes had a funny taste but reported that he never thought twice.

Microbiologist and Food Scientist Itumeleng Kobane said it is important for consumers to check the use-by date on food.

“If you drink milk beyond expiration date, you run the risk of developing food poisoning” she told OurHealth. “It is important for customers to always check the expiry date on every product they wish to buy.”

About the author

Selloane Molakeng

Selloane Molakeng is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from the Free State's Xhariep Health District.

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  • RE: Tuck shop found with expired milk- Environmental Health Practitioners of the area should conduct food safety control inspections as per the National Norms and Standards Relating to Environmental Health in Terms of the National Health Act 2003 (Act 61 of 2003) in terms of Chapter 3 Section 2(a)(ii). Such cases must be reported to the EHP of the area so that investigations can be done and the problem be corrected and if there needs to be a health education done to the community it can be done to make them aware of such incidents.