Dept. investigate fishy suppliers

The Fisheries Dept. will investigate suppliers of undersized rock lobster to a Food Lovers Market store.

Food Lovers Market at the Wedges Shopping Centre. Picture:Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Fisheries Department will now investigate food distributors to the Morningside Food Lovers Market in after it discovered the store had been selling undersized rock lobster.

The store, based at The Wedge Shopping Centre on Rivonia Road, was raided on Friday.

The market was caught selling the lobster for R50 each.

The department's Steve Galane said they acted on tipoff's from a hotline number.

"As a department, we have a hotline where we got complaints from consumers that this shop was selling undersized lobsters."


Meanwhile the department apologised to journalists and photographers who were locked inside a fridge citing a misunderstanding.

The department invited the press to accompany it on the raid.

But management at the market refused to let the group leave the fridge until they had deleted photographs of the lobsters.

This led to a heated standoff between the journalists who refused to delete their footage and the market officials.

The journalists were eventually allowed to leave with their pictures.

Galane said the market had agreed to the inspections, but they did not any want pictures taken.