Don’t ever sell expired goods, retailers cautioned

MIRI: The Food Safety and Quality Unit of the Ministry of Health (MOH) will take stern action against any retailer or trader who sells expired goods.

Its spokesperson said offenders could be charged under the Food Act 1983, which carries a maximum fine of RM10,000 and imprisonment of not more than two years.

He said this when asked to comment on a recent posting by a netizen on social media that a food item bought by his mother from a supermarket here was way beyond its expiry date.

The spokesperson said yesterday that retailers must make sure that all items they sell were in order.

Risking the health of consumers is a serious offence, even if the consumable items had expired for one day only at the time of purchase.

In addition to expired goods, the unit also monitors food quality, ingredients used, nutrition labeling, and packaging.

For instance, when we conduct operations in town, a common sight is dented canned food items openly sold on shelves.

Dented canned foods should not be sold as the impact that caused the dent might have exposed the food inside, and that could pose a health risk.

On a related matter, the spokesperson said the public usually lodged reports of expired goods to the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperatives even though the correct channel should be the Food Safety and Quality Unit of the MOH which can be reached at 085-424722 during office hours.

Meanwhile, the posting by the netizen had received mixed reactions from fellow netizens.

Some commented that his posting would have been better if he had not reported the matter to the supermarket or returned the item, while others opined that what he had done would help create greater awareness among consumers to be more careful when doing their shopping.