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Dept. to study court decision

The Fisheries Dept. will study a court’s decision to dismiss charges against a food market.

Food Lovers Market at The Wedge Shopping Centre. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday said it had yet to study a court's decision to dismiss criminal charges against a Food Lover's Market franchise in Sandton, which was accused of selling undersized rock lobster.

The drama unfolded on Friday, when journalists reporting on a raid at the market were locked in a cold room and instructed to delete pictures of the lobster.

Information manager for the market, Nigel Meintjies, said it emerged in the Randburg Magistrate's Court that none of the rock lobster seized during the raid were actually undersized.

He said all rock lobster inspected was bought from a supplier approved by the department.

The Food Lover's Market said the department also told the media that it seized 50 kg of lobster where as it only confiscated 5 kg.

But the department's spokesperson, Steve Galane, insisted that the information given to the media about undersized rock lobster was correct.

The legal retail size of lobsters is 7.5 centimetres.