26 January 2013

South Sudan: Food Safety Remains a Concern in South Sudan

Juba — South Sudan is still faced with challenges of assuring food and drug quality control as the 18-month old country has not yet established facilities to certify the quality of consumable goods.

Tons of expired food commodities or with less quality ingredients as well as fake human and animal drugs are believed to have been finding their ways into the country every year without being detected by the authorities.

The government however on Friday announced seriousness to embark on ways and means of resolving the matter by establishing a standard laboratory for testing of food and drugs and avoid the health risks involved in the status quo.

This came in a meeting on Friday between the Vice President, Riek Machar Teny, and the senior management of Cometa Scientific Company which is based in the United Kingdom and expressed readiness to install a state-of-the-art laboratory.

He and the General Manager of Cometa Scientific Company, Glen Griffiths, who was also accompanied by an official from the ministry of Health, discussed the urgent need to establish a central laboratory in the capital with branches in the ten states of the country.

Copyright © 2013 Sudan Tribune. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.