Representatives of the Iranian cities of Golpaygan and Langarood have warned the agriculture and health ministers that recent imports of wheat and rice are contaminated and could cause widespread health complications.
The Mehr News Agency reports that Parliament was given a report on Saturday regarding the import of contaminated wheat and rice, and the representatives stressed that the imports must be stopped and people need to be cautioned.
On Thursday May 23, Massoumeh Ebtekar, the head of Tehran City Council’s environmental committee, warned against the import of expired rice, wheat and tea into the country.
She stressed that this could have immediate adverse health consequences for the most vulnerable groups such as children and seniors.
Restrained by U.S. and EU sanctions, Iran has been forced to engage in international barter, exchanging its petroleum products for goods, but Iranian officials have expressed concern that some of these commodities may not be of adequate quality.