Tebogo Msimanga |
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) condemns the fake news about imported bananas from Somalia containing helicobacter. “No banana importation recently took place through any of our ports of entry from Somalia.”
The department Spokesperson Reggie Ngcobo said South Africa regulates the importation of plants and plant products, in terms of the Agricultural Pests Act.
He reiterated that 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, foodborne diseases or any other harmful foreign material that can negatively affect the agricultural environment/ industry and, in particular, consumers.”
Ngcobo further said the department continues to be vigilant in monitoring the food products that come into the country and any product that is suspected to be risky or harmful to the consumers or “our territory cannot be permitted to enter the Republic or would be subjected to withdrawal from the shelves, if such a risk is identified post border or at the retail level.”
The citizens are urged to refrain from sharing false and malicious information that can create panic for consumers.