Concerned about food safety, journalist for Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris Postasi’ Seval Oyaltan makes an impassioned plea for regulations to be introduced to test imported fresh food for chemical residues.
She writes that recently much fruit and vegetables have been imported without being chemically analysed. While it is important to eat fruit and vegetables, it is also essential to make sure that they are safe for consumption, she notes.
Governments come and go governments, Oyaltan says, but there are no laws and regulations governing food safety.
Why? she asks. Because governments do not care enough about the health of the people. This is plainly irresponsible, she says
“I am wondering why there are no pesticide analysis certificate requirements for accredited laboratories for vegetables and fruits imported from abroad! Why not? The number of active substances in the State Analysis Laboratory was reduced from 350 to 200. Why was it dropped?
……Another important point is the relevant penalties applied in the country. These punishments are low enough to be ridiculous”, she says.
She calls on all political parties and all non-governmental organisations to address these issues on behalf of the public.
Experts warn that:
“Foods that are bad for consumption can cause, respiratory tract, heart, vascular diseases; Cancer, asthma, allergies, problems related to uremia and neural developmental disorders”, Oyaltan says.
This is a very serious situation and the responsibility is yours, she concludes.