WFP ‘to clarify on damaged food’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 7, 2015-

Following a series of media reports on the low quality of food distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) to earthquake victims, the UN humanitarian agency is preparing a clarification, as sought by the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, on damaged yellow split peas stored in a godown in Banke district.

On June 30, the department inquired about the damaged peas stored at the warehouse. A monitoring team of the Disaster Management and Monitoring Committee of the Parliament had also found damaged peas stored at the warehouse. Even though the WFP had provided details of the purchase of the peas to the parliamentary committee, the department had written to the WFP to furnish an explanation.

“We have our clarification ready, which we will submit to the department soon,” said Ramji Dahal, communication officer at WFP.

According to Dahal, the WFP officials had clarified to the director general at the department that the damaged peas were not meant for distribution as they had already been rejected, and were in the process of being sent back to the supplier.

The parliament committee had found 541 metric tonnes of peas unfit for consumption during an inspection at the WFP godown based in Khajura, Banke.

In May, the National Human Rights Commission had found the UN agency distributing substandard rice to earthquake survivors in Kavre district. The quality of rice was below the criteria set by the Government of Nepal.

In June, 120 out of 457 bags of rice stored in a temporary shelter in Laprak VDC in Gorkha were found damaged. Last week, the WFP replaced the damaged sacks of rice with fresh ones.

Published: 08-07-2015 07:44

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