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‘Many Kathmandu stores selling foodstuffs that are past expiry dates’

File: A grocery in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, September 13

Many grocery stores selling food items in Kathmandu have been found selling foodstuffs that are past their expiry dates, claims Kathmandu metropolitan city.

The city government’s Consumer Welfare Protection Committee says its regular market monitoring recently found that the goods past their expiry dates had not been kept separately in many shops, particularly those in Chabahil and Gaushala.

When inquired, some shopkeepers said the goods were stored there to return to the suppliers, but they were not kept in a different place as required by the law, according to market monitors.

Further, packets of various lentils and beans, dry fruits such as cashew nuts, raisins, and dates did not have manufacturing and expiry dates. Some retailers were even found to packaging goods such as beaten rice and macaroni on their own without labelling the required details.

A member of the monitoring team says many consumers are also found ignorant of such details.

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