1 Dec 2006

Concerns in Solomon Islands at the dumping there of expired foreign food

2:40 pm on 1 December 2006

There are concerns in Solomon Islands at the impact of expired foreign foods being dumped in the country.

The Solomon Star newspaper says health authorities are warning the practice could long term have deadly consequences.

The paper says that as a result, the health ministry is tightening food and hygiene security regulations.

Judith Reynolds, from the ministry of health said Solomon Islands has been a victim of foreign expired and low quality goods for a long time.

She says a workshop this week was an attempt to develop tougher regulations.

Ms Reynolds said the workshop also focussed on the general quality of food sold in shops, restaurants and by road side vendors.

Another issue was the health status of restaurant workers.