MOZAMBICAN BAKERS WHO CHEAT CUSTOMERS WILL LOSE SUBSIDY

The Mozambican authorities have threatened to withdraw subsidies from bakers who swindle their customers with underweight loaves, according to media reports here.

The independent newssheet Mediafax reported Tuesday that in order to avoid any further increase in the price of bread, the government subsidises the wheat flour used by bakers. But in recent weeks it has become obvious that some bakers are cheating their clients by selling loaves that weigh much less than they should.

A standard loaf should weigh 200 grammes, but the government’s National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) has found cases where some loaves only weighed 120 gm.

On their visits to bakeries, INAE inspectors have also found some cases where the lack of hygiene and cleanliness threatens public health. These health concerns were so serious that some bakeries were told to close down until they have cleaned up.

INAE general inspector Maria Freitas told Mediafax that the government will analyse bakeries selling underweight loaves case by case, and will remove the wheat flour subsidy from those bakers who are violating the agreements reached between the Mozambican Association of Bakers (AMOPAO) and the government.

She said that bakeries found to be cheating their customers with underweight bread are already being fined.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK