Food authority bans rotten imported goods
By Gilo Jr. Okwata
The consignments allegedly meant for United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) from Italy was deemed not fit for human consumption according to South Sudan National Bureau of Standards.
The 21 tons of wheat flour presumably got soaked, fermented and became rocky when water seeped through the containers on the way to South Sudan.
Majak Deng Kuol, the Acting Executive Director for South Sudan National Bureau of Standards said that the quality of the food did not meet the standard for any use.
“That food is totally bad. There is standard we have here where we cannot allow such kinds of contaminated items into our country,” Deng said.
In addition, Edward Joku, the Director of Nimule Station Bureau of Standards stated that the saturated flour was not recommended for human consumption according to the National Bureau of standards Act.
“The consignments belong to UNMISS, the products which are inside this one is wheat flour from Italy. There is a leakage of water. Water entered inside the wheat flour and become rocky. It then produces nasty smells. It also contains fly maggots,” Joku said.
Joku also confirmed the presence of two UNMISS representatives who were sent to inspect the dumping site.
“The UNMISS accepted our procedure and sent two personnel to inspect where the consignments were disposed and burnt,” he said.
This is not the first time a case like this has happened, last year tons of sugar bound from India to unnamed company in the country was disposed after it was found to be contaminated.