The Management of Harbel Supermarket has clarified media reports linking it to the Abi Jaoudi Supermarket in Monrovia, noting that it no longer operates the latter. The Management left the supermarket over three years ago, a statement said.
Harbel Supermarket authorities say they have only two branches in Monrovia, Bushrod Island and Gardnersville.
This clarification comes in the wake of misinformation being circulated in some quarters of the media, claiming that the expired frozen food discovered by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI)this week were found in the warehouses of Harbel Supermarket.
“This is untrue,” the statement said.
Recently, MOCI’s inspector general, Josephine W. A. Davis, busted a chain of expired goods discovered in the warehouses of the Abi Jaoudi Supermarket on Randall Street, Monrovia.
Following a tip-off, Inspector Davis said that a team was dispatched to investigate a truck containing the goods. The truck, believed to have been parked around the Freeport area,was later removed.
According to Ms Davis, the investigation landed the MOCI’s team at the Abi Joaudi Supermarket, where a stockpiled of frozen food, including sausage, chicken, meat, cheese, juices, among others was raided.
Inspector Davis said she was shocked, upon entering the cooling facility, to see damaged products that had expired since 2016. It was observed that local employees in the warehouse were seen repacking expired goods.
Inspector Davis said that the Abi Joaudi Supermarket incident has left the Ministry with no choice but to commence taking the necessary steps to ensure that expired products are disposed of from any business center involved in the practice of hoarding such goods.