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Kampala. Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has announced a massive inspection of all supermarkets in Kampala following the closure of Tuskys supermarket in Bwaise on account of selling foods unfit for human consumption.

The KCCA communications and media supervisor, Mr Robert Kalumba, said the intended mass inspection of city supermarkets was sparked off by the Thursday incident in which Tusky’s food chain store was closed after KCCA’s impromptu inspection found rotting chicken, beef and expired merchandises for sale on the shelves.

He said chicken carcasses on the shelves were rotten or showing signs of rotting.“With these shocking revelations, very soon we [KCCA] are launching massive inspections of all supermarkets around Kampala and I appeal to the public to help us improve and protect our lives by reporting cases of retail shops and supermarkets with poor hygiene,” Mr Kalumba said by telephone yesterday.

KCCA’s health operations officer, Dr Robinson Nabaasa, said Tuskys supermarket management was using toxic chemicals (sodium benzoate) to preserve the fresh meat, which was posing a health hazard to the unsuspecting customers.

“Meat carcasses found in the storage room did not have any proof of inspection or certification as being fit for human consumption. The solid waste management was found wanting as most of the condemned and unwanted meat was found stored in the cold room together with the fresh meat meant for human consumption,” Mr Kalumba said.

Tuskys supermarket management did not answer our calls for a comment but Mr Kalumba said the company’s lawyer he identified only as Ms Pamela had held talks with KCCA on Thursday. He did not reveal details of the talks.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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