Expired food products burn away
The food included commodities such as dates, cooking oil, cheese, yogurt, juice and gas beverages, in addition to child-related things such as napkins and milk.
The Yemen Standardization Metrology and Quality Control Organization turned down shipments of 1,000 tons of expired dates through different customs crosses that were en route to the markets in Yemen at the start of Ramadan.
Ameen Mohammed Juman, the general secretary of the capital city, called the Environment Health office to exert the utmost pressue in order to eliminate this phenomenon of expired goods in the days to come, indicating that a large amount of inedible food was found in the markets during the past evaluation period.
Juman said expired food materials have been commonplace in all districts of Sana’a and in some other governorates. He urged companies, merchants and shopping centers to fear God and not to sell these detrimental goods to people because of the potential harm to human health and to the environment.
“Inspection teams have intensified their campaign since the outset of Ramadan,” Dr. Mohammed Al-Asbahi, the Environment Health office general manager said, adding that the Public Works and Highways office will take legal procedures against anyone proved guilty of selling expired food.
“Anyone caught red-handed will be referred to the judiciary in accordance with the Inspection Law pertinent to food materials.”
Expired goods spread in the Yemeni markets and streets due to the inadequate inspection; therefore, Yemenis resort to buying them for their low prices.
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