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Food Shortage: Morocco Destroys 400 Tonnes of Products ‘Unfit’ for Consumption

Baitas announced the news on the sidelines of the Government Council to discuss the results of control operations and the situation of seized products deemed unfit for consumption,  Morocco’s news agency MAP reported

The violations regarded food prices and quality, the monitoring process started in January 2023 until February 22, the report added, noting that the foodstuffs that were deemed unfit for consumption totaled 400 tonnes.

The news of the food waste and violations comes at a time when big importers of Moroccan produce are complaining about the lack of supplies from the North African country. 

UK residents have been posting videos and pictures online of empty fruit and vegetable shelves.

Fruit and vegetable shortages are leading UK supermarkets to impose a limit on purchases. BBC news reported today that there is a limit on how many products one customer can buy, including lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. 

According to the BBC report, the UK “imports around 95% of its tomatoes and 90% of its lettuces, most of them from Spain and north Africa, according to trade group the British Retail Consortium (BRC).”

Morocco has responded to the shortage claims by noting that the extreme weather that has been sweeping the country has had a huge impact on fresh produce. 

Not only has the weather been affecting the country’s agricultural output, but many of the ferries used to export the products have been delayed or altogether canceled due to stormy weather. 

Thanks to climate change, Morocco has been experiencing large spans of drought and more recently heavy rainfall and snow. 

Some regions in Morocco have been so badly affected by the latest cold snap that emergency aid operations have been launched to support the communities left stranded in heavy snowfall without food.

Source: Morocco World News

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