Selling expired products at Stabroek Market bazaar
After years of working and living in the UK, I finally convinced my wife – who has never visited Guyana -to join me on a one-month holiday. I have always told her of my cherished memories growing up in Georgetown and spending my afternoons after school assisting my mother in the Stabroek Market; so most naturally that was a must-stop on this visit.
Needless to say I was completely embarrassed to see the horrid state of the market. Firstly, the garbage situation was terrible; so much so that my wife and I couldn’t breathe properly. This garbage pile-up poses a serious health hazard to consumers visiting the market.
Our first visit was the bazaar, where I was appalled by the conditions of products being offered for sale. To my surprise, I bought a sealed can of juice and found that the expiry date had already passed. I pointed out this to the vendor, who was completely ignorant, and refused to change it since the entire bunch was expired.
Before we got to the other end, I observed that there were almost 12 expired products being traded. My old friend in the market explained to me that the bazaar is a haven for expired products. I find this really unacceptable and urge the relevant authorities to do something about this problem. The Guyanese public deserve better than this and the authorities have an obligation to protect the consumers by ensuring expired products are not sold. One could only imagine the consequences of using these expired products and its impact it can have, especially for our kids.
I do hope there can be a review of the current system and measures implemented to ensure individuals occupying the bazaar stop selling expired products. In addition, consumers should be wary and not be fooled by the ridiculously cheap prices for inferior products.
I trust our next visit to the bazaar would be an expiry-free one.