Richard Ssanyu, a resident of Kagoma in Nansana Municipality in Wakiso district was picked up on Wednesday after he was found with six cartons of expired biscuit and toothpaste.
Some of the Expired Toothpaste Recovered
Expired goods have landed a trader in Gulu main market in trouble. Richard Ssanyu, a resident of Kagoma in Nansana Municipality in Wakiso district was picked up on Wednesday after he was found with six cartons of expired biscuits and toothpaste.
The six cartons of Bocconcini Matilde Vicenzi biscuits expired in 2010. However, expiry date was changed to 2019 using a black pen and white wash. The leaders of the market dragged Ssanyu to Police accusing him of selling expired goods.
When Police searched his room at Comrade Hotel in Gulu Town, they recovered more expired goods whose expiry dates had been altered. Some of the goods expired in 2015 while others are expiring this month.
Among them, were more than 60 tubes of Royal Dent Toothpaste and various brands of bathing soap. Ismael, Mbabaali Zziwa, the chairman Buganda Community in Gulu, says Ssanyu registered with their group two months ago to sell second hand T-shirts. He cautioned members of Buganda community to desist from criminal activities in the market.
According to Mbabaali, police picked up another member of the group last month for selling expired toothpaste. Jonan Abangira, the in Charge of Gulu Main Market Police Post declined to comment on the story, saying their investigations are incomplete.
According to Uganda National Bureau of Standards, the penalty for selling expired goods vary from 500 currency points and above, which is between Shillings 10 million to Shillings 200 million or imprisonment of between two years and 10 years.