On 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.”