Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Bananas safe to eat, says DALRRD

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has asked the public to refrain from spreading misinformation about Bananas that containing helicobacter imported from Somalia.

Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) is a type of bacteria which can enter the body and live in the digestive tract. After many years, they can cause sores in the lining of the stomach or the upper part of the small intestine. For some people, an infection can lead to stomach cancer.

The department says there is no banana importation that recently took place through any of their ports of entry from Somalia.

 “If the consignment does not comply with South African import requirements, entry into the Republic is not granted. Imported bananas are carefully examined by the DALRRD inspectors at the ports of entry, to ensure that there are no quarantine pests, food-borne diseases, or any other harmful foreign material that can negatively affect the agricultural environment/ industry and, in particular, consumers,” the department said in a statement.

‘’We urge all the citizens to refrain from sharing such false and malicious information that can create panic for consumers,” they concluded.


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Done By: Mitchum George

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