ZFDA destroys 135 tonnes of foodstuffs, cosmetics

04Nov 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
ZFDA destroys 135 tonnes of foodstuffs, cosmetics

THE Zanzibar Food and Drugs Agency (ZFDA) has destroyed more than 130 tonnes of foodstuffs and five tons of cosmetics that was found to be unfit for human consumption or entered the country illegally. The destruction was done at Kibele dump in South District in Zanzibar’s south region.

Speaking to reporters the head of hazardous foodstuffs at ZFDA Aisha Suleiman said the goods were inspected and found to be unfit for human consumption. She said goods   impounded were  in different areas.

She mentioned some of the destroyed goods  included 105 tonnes of rice imported by  Ahmed Khelef company, 24 tonnes of tea leaves from ZAPETA, one tonne  of various goods  of sweets and two tonnes of tinned soft drinks from one Ahmed Salim.

She explained that all goods entering the country must follow proper import procedures including inspection by ZFDA officials to ensure they are fit for human consumption.

ZFDA ag drugs and cosmetics director Nassir Buheti said the destroyed cosmetics were found to be unfit for human use and that they entered the country illegally.

On his part a businessman Ibrahim Omar Awesu from Ahmed Khelef Company said they bought the rice when it was in good condition but went bad in transit because of the delay by the transporter.

He urged ZFDA to make early inspections of imported foodstuffs and freight companies to transport the goods in time to avoid loss.

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