Containers to be condemned by health inspectors

NCDC Environmental Health Division is condemning four containers of assorted GoGo Cola stocks valued over K160,000, belonging to Pacific Industries Limited (PIL).

They were shipped to Port Moresby from the Pacific Industries factory in East New Britain Province, said NCDC.

“It was found that the beverage stocks were damaged during its transportation through which they came into direct contact with sea water.

“The condemnation was made possible following the beverage manufacturer who voluntarily contacted the division to inspect and supervise the proper and safe destruction of these beverages.”

Commending the company for complying with public health standards, health inspectors Mathew Laba and George Karalio said the damage had affected the integrity of the product and its packaging.

“We would like to state that we were not there to investigate the manufacturing process of the product, but purely to supervise the safe and proper destruction of the product. There is no concern regarding the manufacturing of the product and it is purely related to the product being damaged during transport,” Laba said.

They said they were going to serve a condemnation certification on the containers of beverages, adding once it is done, they will become State property so that proper destruction will be carried out immediately under the supervision of NCDC health inspectors.  

The inspectors called on other law abiding corporate citizens to report similar incidents.

(NCDC Health Inspectors Mathew Laba and George Karalio pointing to the damaged cans of GoGo Cola, in the presence of Mark Ong of Pacific Industries Limited, right, and workers in their yard at Six-Mile)

Press release