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Tonnes of expired drugs, food torched

Tonnes of expired drugs, food torched

Aug 11, 2011 - 16:59

SHARAN (PANinfo-icon):  Three tonnes of expired and low-quality drugs and food items were set on fire in the southeastern province of Paktika on Thursday, officials said.

The stuff had been collected from shops in Sharan, the provincial capital, by healthinfo-icon officials with the help of tribal council members over the past two months.

Public Health Director Dr. Wali Gul told Pajhwok Afghan News the number of patients at public-sector hospitals was rising due to easy availability of low-quality food items in the market.

He said it was their responsibility to seize such food and medicine from shops and medical stores. The food items included pickles, jams, biscuits, milk cream, yogurt, chocolates and other edibles.

The items had been imported from Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon through Ghazni, he said.

"Being Muslim, shopkeepers should avoid selling expired food," said the tribal council chief, Mullahinfo-icon Masoom Khairwi.

"Many shopkeepers do not sell food items intentionally, with no eye on sell-by dates," said the Sharan Health Council head, Mohammad Anwar.



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