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Don’t eat looted seeds, FAO warns Juba residents

Author : | Published: Friday, July 22, 2016

The Food and Agriculture Organization says some seeds that were looted from its warehouse during last week’s clashes in Juba are not good for human consumption.

FAO and the World Food Program reported that their warehouses were broken into on Tuesday and a huge amount of grains, and other food and items were looted.

FAO says agricultural seeds chemically dressed to preserve them for planting were also looted in the process.

It warns that consumption of the seeds could pose some dangers to their consumers.

“Unfortunately, all the seeds have been looted, and my guess is that people have eaten it, and obviously this is not good for the health,” said Abdul Karim, FAO Emergency Response Manager for South Sudan.

“And you can see this clearly, because on the bags of the seeds, you have a skull [danger sign] and writings: Do Not Eat, because it is not good for health.”

Mr. Karim says the seeds could cause diarrhea and vomiting, similar to the symptoms of cholera, because they are “dressed with chemicals”.

He, however, says the current cholera infections in Juba and some parts of the country are not connected to the looted seeds.

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