Closes Mukesh Shopping Center
To ensure that expired goods are expunged from the Liberian market, the Ministry of Commerce Inspectorate Division on Tuesday temporarily closed the Mukesh Shopping Center in Vai Town, following the discovery of a consignment of “contaminated goods” in the warehouse of the entity.
The inspection of the facilities of Mukesh Shopping Center is part of an ongoing exercise by the Ministry of Commerce (MoCI) and is expected to last for a period of one month
During inspection of a warehouse owned and operated by Mukesh, the MoCI inspectorate team saw several cartons of noodles, bags of onions and stockpiles of alcoholic beverages, among other goods, soaked in a pool of foul-smelling fluid.
It was discovered by inspectors of the MoCI and journalists accompanying the team that there was a stench of liquid being discharged from a burst pipe conveying sewage to a septic tank being used by occupants of several apartment blocks above the warehouse of the shopping center.
A huge pile of dirt was also discovered lying next to the already soiled goods, rendering it harmful for consumption.
MoCI Inspector General Josephine Davies told journalists during the inspection exercise that the Ministry is halting the sale of goods by the shopping center and that the entity will be fined in accordance with the law and regulations of the Ministry.
Madam Davies said that the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) has been informed to quantify the dirt, bill and clear it from the shopping center.
She cautioned Liberians to help in exposing those selling unwholesome products on the Liberian market.
When asked by journalists on the poor state of its warehouse, the manager of Mukesh Shopping Center, Sunny Shijwaui, said the contaminated goods in the warehouse were not for sale. According to him, the entity has no intention of selling the goods, noting that, “the goods are not expired but only damaged by the water from the septic tank.” He, however, pleaded with the MoCI to give him time to fix the place.