The poisoned chalice off the shelf

As the sources of our food supply in Botswana become increasingly globalised, the need to strengthen safety systems in and between all countries is becoming ever more critical. As the globe marks World Health Day, Staff Writer MPHO MOKWAPE looks at the peculiarity of a country nearly totally dependent on food imports in an era fraught with dumping, systemic failures and even scandals

Botswana Television (Btv) viewers were shocked by a report from Kasane where police, Food Control Unit officers and other authorities raided bakeries and grocers in the tourist town this week.  They uncovered numerous instances of negligence and even brazen defiance of food safety standards.

Loaves of mouldy bread from bakers were shown being seized, while packages suspected to be expired meat were also retrieved from shelves, due for destruction.

Editor's Comment
Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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