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South Africa Denies Alleged Poisonous Banana From Somalia
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South Africa Denies Alleged Poisonous Banana From Somalia

The South African government has refuted reports that poisonous bananas were imported from Somalia. In a statement, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said that there was no banana importation that recently took place through any of our ports of entry from Somalia. ''South Africa regulates the importation of plants and plant products, in terms of the Agricultural Pests Act,1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983) and its associated regulations, in a manner that such imports are subjected to inspection at the ports of entry,'' said the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The statement said the ministry was constantly on the lookout for food imports and that any product suspected of endangering or harming consumers or land was not allowed to enter South Africa. The news comes as South Africa has been hit by a spate of bananas found in Somalia. Recently, a video was posted on social media in the United Arab Emirates, showing a banana-containing bacteria that was allegedly exported from Somalia to the United Arab Emirates. The UAE's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) denied the reports in a statement.

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