Commerce Ministry Burns US$5,000 of Expired Goods from Jungle Water

GANTA, Nimba – The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Nimba has burned US$5,000 worth of expired goods seized from a Ganta warehouse of the Jungle Water Group of Investment Company.

On May 15, in the presence of media outlets, the ministry’s senior inspector in Nimba, Alphanso Miamen, said most of the goods were beverages confiscated from the company after a tip from citizens.

“We went there based on the tipoff we received from some good citizens,” Miamen said, adding that the ministry moved in and seized over 400 crates of local and foreign beer, over 300 sacks of mineral water, batteries, and juices.

Miamen said the fact that the burning ceremony was witnessed by the media suggested that “the process was fair and transparent, void of personal malice, hatred, and envy.”

Most of the goods expired in 2018, 2019, and the early part of 2020, he noted, but they were still being sold and distributed by the company.

A fine will likely later be assessed against Floyd Seh Tomah, the owner of the company who has already been cited to visit the Ministry of Commerce in Monrovia.

Miamen said his “hardworking and committed” field inspectors would continue to monitor items on the market to ensure that expired and substandard goods are not sold or consumed.

Speaking to a local radio station, Tomah, the CEO of Jungle Water Group of Investment, said he was the one who initiated the process that led to the goods from his warehouse being confiscated and burned.

“I respect the law as a businessman and a citizen who has chosen to provide service to my fellow citizens through business,” Tomah said. He called the Ministry of Commerce a “very close partner” and said he accepted a citation to visit the ministry’s head office in Monrovia.

Tomah’s company is a major powerhouse in Nimba, with investments in electricity operation, real estate, hotel, general merchandise, and transportation. The company is headquartered in Sanniquellie.

Featured photo by Sualeh K. Ziamo

Sualeh Ziamo

Sualeh K. Ziamo is a journalist with 12 years of experience. Starting as an announcer-in-training in 2007, he has served in many different capacities since, including as announcer, reporter, assistant news director, news director, and program director at community radio stations. Sualeh also worked as a correspondent for the state-owned Liberia News Agency for over three years in Nimba. Outside journalism, Sualeh has received training from the Liberia-Swedish Vocational Training Center in Yekepa and Basic Computer studies from the Bangladesh-Liberia Friendship Center in Ganta.

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