18 June 2013

Gambia: Frozen Chicken Legs Importation,What Is Responsible for the Ban?

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The Gambia

Foroyaa is still making a follow up to find out the reasons that prompted the government to issue a ban on the importation of chicken legs into the country as stated in a press release from the office of the president on the 6 June 2013. The press release, which was signed by the Cabinet Secretary Mr. Noah Touray on behalf of the Secretary General, stated "After a careful review and consideration of trade and health related issues, the Ministries of Trade and Health inform the general public and all importers of frozen foodstuff that government has decided to ban the importation of frozen chicken legs into the country with immediate effect." It further added that "the government has taken this decision to protect the health and welfare of the public and to ensure that consumers get value for their money."

This reporter was assigned the task to interview the officials from the ministries indicated in the release namely Trade and Health to give details relating to the circumstances leading to the ban. The officials from the Trade and Health sectors who were met to shed more light on the issue at the two ministries have referred this reporter to each other for explanation. The Permanent Secretaries of both ministries could not also be reached to explain the issue.

According to sources, the directive has emanated from the office of the president. It was further indicated that in order to avoid subjecting importers to incur economic loses, the available stock of chicken legs in the country, after having been tested and found safe for human consumption, will be allowed to be sold.

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