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The Ministry of Commerce office in Bong County has condemned the sale of expired food commodities especially chicken and fish on the market, threatening it will take action against those involved.

The Ministry through its Bong County Inspector Godin Manbia says it has come to the attention of the Ministry that cold – storage owners and petty traders are conspiring to sell expired commodities to citizens for consumption.

Mr. Manbia spoke with our Bong County correspondent recently at the Gbarnga Central Market during a one – day awareness about the effect of expired food commodities.

Mr. Manbia alarms that the situation has a serious health impediment. He announced that beginning Monday, 15 July, Commerce Ministry agents will be inspecting business centers and table markets where fishes and chickens are sold.

The Commerce County Inspector indicates that those who will be discovered selling rotten chickens and fishes will be arrested and charged accordingly.He told journalists that it is demoralizing for people to be selling expired food to citizens.

Mr. Manbia explains that while the government of President George Manneh Weah is exerting efforts to stabilize the status of the economy, it is necessary for all citizens, including the business community to jointly support the government instead of undermining the progress of the President.

Mr. Manbia argues that selling expired commodities to the locals is an act of creating sicknesses because rotten chicken and fish develop health problems.
Recently, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry destroyed over hundred cartoons of expired chicken from the National Frozen Food Center branch #6 located on Gbarnga Broad Street.

The Ministry describes its recent action as a deterrence to would – be violators of the Commerce guidelines, maintaining that such action will not stop until those involved in the sale of expired commodities desist.

At the same time Mr. Godin Manbia has pledged his full commitment in working with the people of Bong County to support President Weah’s Pro – poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
He says with the level of work President Weah is doing, he foresees that Liberia’s slack economy will become better as soon as possible.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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