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    Bakers Inn wants stale pie case dismissed



    SHANNISE DZOBO

    MASVINGO - Bakers Inn, one of the country's largest fast food outlets wants a case where it is being charged for selling stale pies dismissed.
    The case has dragged on in the courts for over a year now and Bakers Inn argues that the State has no evidence and the case must therefore be dismissed.
    Yolanda Chandara of Muzenda and Partners appeared before Provincial Magistrate Langton Ndokera on August 6, 2018 and said that State witnesses did not have enough evidence to create a prima facie case against them. She appealed to the courts to dismiss the case.
    The complainant in the case is Masvingo City Council Department of Health.
    The State however, said that it had established a prima facie case. The State insisted that Bakers Inn pies were found unwholesome after the Government analysis Laboratory tested the pies.  It also says that Bakers Inn pies were found with no expiry date affixed to the packets.
    Baker's Inn insists that these dates could have been obliterated over time but the State says that the law requires for those dates and these were not there when the arrest was made. The State says the fact that the pies had no expiry date alone establishes that Baker's Inn has a case to answer.
    The State asked the court to put Bakers Inn on its defence.
    It is the State case that on March 14, 2017 Patrick Timothy who is employed by Masvingo City Council as a Health Inspector received a complaint from the public that Bakers Inn located at Exor Garage in Masvingo was selling stale pies.
    Acting upon the information, Timothy went and investigated the matter and found 20 boxes of ready to bake pies stored in a cold room. Nineteen of the boxes had 30 pies each and it was allegedly discovered that all the pies had no date of minimum durability in terms of Health Act (best before dates).
    The pies were seized and sent to the Government Analyst Laboratory for analysis where they were allegedly found to be unwholesome or not healthy for human consumption. The State also alleged that there was growth of viable microorganisms.
    The defence court trial continues on September 7, 2018.
    Fidelis Nyamukondiwa prosecuted.    

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