Jayapura, Jubi – The isolated regions in Papua are very prone to the circulation of expired food and food containing formaldehyde which are harmful to public health.
One main cause of buying and selling expired food to the public can be because of the difficulty of transportation.
“Papua can not be freed from the circulation of expired food. Papua is more vulnerable than other regions in Indonesia,” Benyamin Lagowan told Jubi, in Jayapura this week, when asked to comment about the discovery of formaldehyde-laced food in the city of Jayapura some time ago.
He said most people in the city have better information including information about formaldehyde-laced food and plastic rice.
“We do not know the people who live in the interior regions. They only know to get stuff at the kiosk and consume them. They do not know whether it is expired or not. It is very dangerous to their health in the long term, “he said.
In order to protect public health, he hoped the provincial and district governments need to do a serious supervision by monitoring food and beverages on the market on a regular basis.
Hengki Bidana, an observer of community development in Pegunungan Bintang region said the circulation of these harmful foods in the long term endanger the existence of the people of Papua.
“The Papuans could be discharged from consuming foods that circulate without supervision,” he said. (Mawel Benny/ Tina)