Choman authorities confiscate 2.5 tons of watermelon
Following reports of the import of some watermelons which are injected with chemical coloring injections, the health department of Choman, some 160 kilometers east of Erbil, started investigation of watermelons reportedly imported from Haji Omaran Border point with Iran.
The health department’s investigation team confiscated and destroyed some 2.5 tons of watermelon that were suspected to be injected with chemical coloring injection.
Rezhyar Mohammed head of the Choman Mayor’s investigation team says that they have been informed by the people that they have witnessed some watermelons in Choman markets that have holes in their skins and are suspected to be poisonous.
“Therefore we took a tour to the town’s grocery market and found 2.5 tons of watermelons with holes,” said Mohammed. “We confiscated all of them and destroyed them in a place outside town. This type of watermelon had been imported from Iran through Haji Omaran Border Crossing; hence watermelon imports from Iran have been banned starting from May 10, 2015.”
Regarding the health impacts of consuming the watermelon, Mohammed stated that some people had visited Choman hospital complaining about stomachache, which is suspected to be a result of eating this watermelon. He also added that more people may have had the same problem but did not visit the hospitals.
“The holes in the watermelons are suspected to be from injecting chemicals and artificial colors, and a proof is that they are damaged from inside,” explained Mohammed.