Choman au­thor­i­ties con­fis­cate 2.5 tons of wa­ter­melon

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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