WFP’s relief material fit to eat, says int’l agency

KATHMANDU: A London-based Natural Resources Institute (NRI) has claimed that the rice and pulses supplied in Nepal by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are fit for human consumption.

The Institute has also said that there is no correlation between the food and diarrhoeal deaths in Nepal. “There is no scientific evidence to support allegations that WFP food supplies caused diarrhoeal diseases,” according to the report.

“More than 64 samples of rice and pulses were taken from WFP stocks in both the East and Western region of Nepal for their test which was conducted on internationally recognised sampling procedures,” a press statement issued here by NRI through the WFP stated today. The samples were taken by the Control Quality and Surveillance (CQS), a Nepalese inspection company and sent to Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) in Belgium.

“Microbiological test as well as moisture content measurement was conducted on the food samples,” said the statement.

The report has shown the moisture content and levels of micro-organisms were within acceptable limits, and therefore, the WFP supplied food is safe for human consumption.

The report further stated that it detected high levels of contaminated water in affected areas of Nepal and a high presence of cholera and e-coli bacteria in the stool samples of affected patients.