MOZAMBIQUE BANS SALE OF MEALS FROM CAR BOOTS

MAPUTO, Mozambique’s National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) has banned the sale of food from car boots at various points in downtown Maputo.

In recent years it has become common to see Maputo office workers buying lunch dispensed from large saucepans in parked cars. While this is doubtless convenient, and much cheaper than orthodox restaurants, the conditions under which this food is sold are clearly lacking in basic hygiene.

The sellers of this food were shocked by the INAE decision, and showed the independent television station STV the document from INAE banning such sales on the grounds that the vendors are unlicensed, have no health certification, and do not meet the hygiene conditions for places selling cooked food.

Some of the sellers demonstrated on Wednesday outside the Municipal Directorate of Markets and Fairs, demanding that the Maputo Municipal Council find some solution to their problem. They told STV they had already purchased large amounts of food and did not know what they would do with it, if they were no longer allowed to sell cooked meals from the boots of their cars.

The vendors said they were willing to apply for licences, but the Municipal Council is refusing to grant them. So they intend to carry on selling food from their cars, despite the INAE ban.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK