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.

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Routine child vaccination imperative

The recent Vaccination Day in Motokwe, orchestrated through collaborative efforts between UNICEF, USAID, BRCS, and the Ministry of Health, underscores a commendable stride towards fortifying child health services.The painful reality as reflected by the Ministry of Health's data regarding the decline in routine immunisation coverage since the onset of the pandemic, is a cause for concern.It underscores the urgent need to address the...

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