Food safety time bomb

Dicey: From ingredients to preparation and handling, Botswana are sitting on a food safety time- bomb. PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Dicey: From ingredients to preparation and handling, Botswana are sitting on a food safety time- bomb. PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

Mmegi investigations have uncovered a chain of food suppliers, local retailers, supermarkets and informal traders that sell harmful and toxic foodstuffs, some possibly carcinogenic, which have slipped through the cracks of lax food safety protocols in Botswana. Staff Writer, THALEFANG CHARLES reports

Food safety experts, scientists and consumer rights’ activists say Botswana is sitting on a ticking time bomb as Batswana continue to consume toxic substances in their food, blissfully unaware of the consequences.

Large volumes of unsafe bottled water, canned foods, beverages, cheap generic soft drinks, pre-packaged snacks, sauces and spices continue to pass everyday undetected by food safety authorities and ending up as people’s meals.

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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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