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Cost of poisoning in Azerbaijan2012-07-24 15:55
Season of collecting and selling of watermelons has started, and the question of the price of watermelon has become one of the most vital, not only in Azerbaijan. Last year at this time in the vicinity of Baku 1 kilo of watermelon cost gyapik. By mid-August the price of melons fell to 10 gyapik. And this year everything was according to the same scenario. But suddenly the situation has dramatically changed for the worse.
It all started with the fact that in one area of the country a family of 5 people got poisoned with a watermelon. Fortunately, the poisoning was slight and the injured were not hospitalized. But the fact was noted. The relevant authorities of the republic immediately reported that the poisoning occur because the melons, which are being sold outside the markets and shops, did not pass the appropriate quality control. As a result, they usually contain high concentrations of pesticides and other chemical fertilizers. Having heard this, the residents were outraged and delighted at the same time. Outraged by the fact that they are being poisoned, and for their money. And pleased with the fact that it will finally ended. In one day the trucks engaged in selling
melons disappeared from the streets. The first phase of the plan was executed successfully. But then the fun begins.
President of the Union of Free Consumers of Azerbaijan Eyyub Huseynov told us the taken measures had absolutely no effect on the quality of products. The checking of the quality of agricultural products is virtually not being carried out. Despite the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture has bought very expensive modern equipment for examination, during a joint raid of the NGO representatives, headed by Huseynov, and officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, on Sunday, at one of the fairs it was found that the goods had been sold to consumers, bypassing any checks. The equipment, mentioned above, is idle. But even a portable, not such sensitive equipment that was available to the local representatives of Sanitary Control, have shown high concentration of hazardous elements in almost all tomatoes at the fair, Eyyub Huseynov said. Not even mentioning the watermelons. It turns out that the measures taken to improve supervision over the quality of products is not being performed as expected (or at least promised to consumers).