‘Illegal’ ice lollies seized during raid in Giyani CBD

Some of the ice pops that have been confiscated from two foreign shops in Giyani being taken away.

LIMPOPO – Aside from the manufacturing process not being legal, environmental health officials found the products were produced in an unhealthy environment.

Some of the ice pops that have been confiscated from two foreign shops in Giyani being taken away by municipal workers.

Speaking at the scene, Thelma Mlambo, the acting Deputy Manager for Environmental Health Services in the Mopani district, said one thing they noticed was that the label used on the product did not indicate it was manufactured in Giyani, instead it stated it was made in Johannesburg by a different company. “This is dangerous because if anyone should die or become ill from this product the manufacturers cannot be held responsible for damages as they are operating under a fake brand. They also don’t even have the licence needed to manufacture the kind of product they made,” she said.

Asked why they were doing this, one of the owners of the raided businesses, Fazel Gadiwana, said he did not know they needed a licence and proper building for making the products. “I thought I could supplement my income by buying an ice pop machine and making ice lollies to sell,” he explained after he was caught making ice pops in a filthy room inside his bakery.

“It never occurred to me that I would need a licence to add another business on top of what I already have, let alone a licence for manufacturing juice,” he said promising that he would correct his mistakes.

Mlambo urged all businesses to apply for a proper licence if they want to venture into the manufacturing industry.

Greater Giyani Municipality Spokesperson, Steve Mavunda, condemned the act of illegally manufacturing products such as these ice lollies, saying it puts the community’s health and safety in danger.

“We applaud the officials responsible for environmental health for making such discoveries and taking action to safeguard our communities.

“We want to see more such cases being rooted out in future because we know there are many people operating illegal businesses which can put the lives and safety of our people at risk,” he said.

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