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Ivory Coast destroys 18,000 tonnes of dangerous Myanmar rice

Ivory Coast destroys 18,000 tonnes of dangerous Myanmar rice

Ivory Coast

<p>Health officials in Ivory Coast on Wednesday destroyed tonnes of rice that had been declared unfit for human consumption, the <span class="caps">BBC</span> Africa Live page reports.</p> <p>Its point of origin was Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Photos showed officials transferring the said sacks into the back of a truck which pours it into a landfill site before a caterpillar spreads it on the site.</p> <p>The shipment according to reports had been refused entry at different points across the West African coast. Ghana, Guinea and Togo had all rejected it over quality issues.</p> <p>The consignment was finally allowed into Ivory Coast, upon unloading in Abidjan, quality control tests revealed the unfit nature of the goods.</p> <p>Rice has become a staple food across much of Africa. But most countries depend on imports because local farmers are unable to meet the ever rising demands.</p> <p>Countries across the West African Coast are important conduits for imports of products. Most of them also serve landlocked neighbours. A typical case in point being Ghana’s importance to Burkina Faso.</p> <p>There has routinely been issues with the abuse of ports of entry with several reports pointing to the influx of especially drugs as a result of complicity and official corruption.</p>
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