Scandal-hit Shoprite closes five Mozambique stores

South African retail giant Shoprite has been forced to close five stores in Mozambique for selling old food.

The Mozambican government's National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) ordered a two-day closure of the stores in Maputo, Boane and Chimoio after they were found to be selling food items past their expiry date.

In a statement the firm said the closures stemmed from the dismissal of an employee.

"The [Shoprite] Group believes that recent inspections and the current closure of five stores stem from a personnel dismissal some weeks ago after a member of management was caught selling expired margarine through the back door," Shoprite said.

It said it had a "very strict" policy not to sell any product past its expiry date.

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