Medical experts say expired or contaminated food and other consumable goods are contributing to environmental problems and health hazard.
Expiration dates labels printed on goods are meant to provide useful advice about when a product is at its but in most instances it failed to communicate meaningful information to consumers, one expert said.
In an interview with a reporter from this paper, Doctor Zlean Copper said survey have found that 84 percent of supermarkets reportedly do not dispose of food whose expiration date has lapsed. Doing so, Cooper added more than a third of the population usually or always suffer from health problems.
“The problem with this behavior is that supermarkets’ date labels hardly indicate the actual safety of a food product. Rather, they tend to reflect false estimates of when it will be at its peak quality or taste,” he said.
‘This means that large volumes of expired food are being needlessly kept each year.”
For Doctor Hilton Seton who works at the SDA Cooper Hospital in Monrovia, there are so many food when expired or even normal that are at human risk and not many people know that it could killed them like: mushrooms, tomatoes, peanuts, shellfish, potatoes, cherries, meat and uncooked Eggs.
“One of the most common allergies is to peanuts. The most severe response is anaphylaxis, which can lead to severe constriction of the airways, shock, and even loss of consciousness. It is dangerous enough to cause death if left untreated, so know your allergies before stepping anywhere,“
“Cherry seeds also contain poisonous hydrogen cyanide. Raw meat including red meat, poultry, and seafood and uncooked eggs can contain salmonella bacteria, which can cause gastroenteritis in humans. Salmonella poisoning can also lead to serious complications, such as bacteremia that are life-threatening to people with weaker immune systems”
Abi Jaoudi Supermarket pleaded guilty to “willfully and deliberately selling and maintaining expired food commodities and other consumable goods on the Liberian market, Commerce and Industry Minister Wilson Tarpeh told reporters recently in Monrovia.
The company made confession days after Commerce inspectors seized a truck containing expired meat, chicken, fish and other frozen food commodities belonging to Abi Jaoudi.
Some of the food commodities such as meat and chicken expiration dates far back as 2016, the Minister said.-Writes Nwelt A. Mathies