In the wake of the fight against Ebola, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Nimba Branch on Saturday 20th September 2014 destroyed a huge quantity of expired, contaminated consumable goods from a store belonging to the Jungle Waters Group of Investment located at the Guinea Road Junction in Ganta City.
The destruction of the goods brought great dismay to the residents of Ganta wondering why the proprietor of the business center should allow such huge quantities of goods to expire.
The goods contained varieties of biscuit including cream crackers, nice biscuit, peanut snack, milk energy Tuts, Tac – Tac biscuit, among others.
Some of the biscuit expired since October 2012, but was still kept in the store along with others goods for sale, making buyers or consumers to be astonished.
The total of over 500 cartons of biscuits were loaded on a truck and taken to the Zuamill Sub – Port Area where a pit was hug and everything placed in it and set ablaze in the presence of the Environmental Protection Agency, LNP, Commerce Inspector of Nimba and inspectors from the Ganta City Authority.
“This is just a portion of the goods you are seeing here, because of lateness in time the rest, which include bags of sugar, some brewery products, and butter amongst others, will be burnt on Monday 22nd September 2014, said Roosevelt Gbormie, Commerce Nimba Inspector.
Prior to Monday, police confiscated 18 bags of the expired sugar Saturday night when the management of the store was trying to relocate them.
Again on Sunday, over 50 cartons of can Beer were seen loaded on board a pickup under the guidance of LNP, which got people to speculate that they were relocating the goods.
Bees were flying all in the store because the sugar was spilling with water around the entry of the store where the sugar bags were packed of the leakage.
“They still continue to sell expired goods to the public and when people get sick from running stomach, then they say you get Ebola,’ said a lady who was standing by.
Harry Carlson, an EPA Nimba Agent, “we are making sure that the people dispose of all these goods properly before it is taken away; this is the reason we ordered them to dig a pit for the goods to be burnt in.”
Jungle Waters Group of Company is one of the largest service providers in Nimba, and it is involved in distribution of dry goods, drinks of all kinds, cold water and petroleum, and is running a mini mineral water factory.
Effort to get the proprietor, Mr. Flolyd Tomah proved futile as his phone ran endlessly without a response.
The head of the Crime Services Department in Nimba, James Kartoe said police was still investigating allegation of relocating the expired goods overnight.