By Ashraf Abdul Wahab.
Tripoli, 7 August 2013:
A fraudulent operation to relabel and resell expired foodstuffs has been busted by Tripoli police.
The . . .[restrict]bust uncovered a warehouse full of expired tinned food – including dairy products – and forged labels bearing new ‘best before’ dates, during a police raid on a local farm.
Acting on a tip-off from a member of the public, the Tripoli branch of the National Security Directorate, in cooperation with the local police, raided the farm in the Ain Zara district on the outskirts of Tripoli.
The boxes of tinned foodstuffs which were beyond their expiry date included popular brands which are big sellers in Libya. Tins of glue to adhere the fake labels were also found on the premises.
A number of foreign workers were also arrested at the warehouse. It is understood that these workers did not have the correct paperwork to be employed in Libya.