A LOCAL business company Compass Trading Company has defended imported Mamei products which came under spotlight for a number of discoveries of filthy objects in their canned food.
Recently, a hospital plaster was discovered in a Mamei luncheon tin and this week, a bandage was also discovered in a curry chicken tin.
Managing director of Compass Trading Jeremy Rua said the discoveries were shocking but chances of any foreign objects ending up in the canned products were rare.
“We imported these products from China and we’re sure it is safe,” Mr Rua said.
He said after those discoveries, he contacted the manufacturer.
“I don’t know the name of the company (manufacturer) because it’s spelt in Mandarin, but they were also shocked.
“These products are produced in an environment that human contact is less.
“The only time when factory workers and or humans come in contact with the products is when slaughtering animals and packing the closed canned meats into boxes.”
“This gives no room for people to put in whatever objects they want. This is unbelievable.”
The Consumer Affairs and price control department division in the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration said that they will find ways to address the situation as there were already more than two cases.
Director Geoffrey Dan Hou’ua said, that he will work closely with the Ministry of Environmental, Ministry of Health and Honiara City Council to look into the matter.
“The Ministry of Health is the responsible authority but we will work together to do something about this,” Mr Hou’ua said.
Attempts to talk to the HCC health boss yesterday were unsuccessful.
But the local retailer urged the public to be honest and seek answers from his company.
“We can further investigate such claims.”
By LESLEY SANGA