The total load of contaminated sugar recently distributed in South Darfur reportedly consists of 70,000 sacks of 50kg.
A source revealed to Radio Dabanga that prominent South Darfuri members of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), in agreement with market traders, transported the contaminated sugar to Nyala, and stored it in the Kenana Sugar Company stores in the city.
The source reported that each of the 21 localities in the state has received 100 sacks, while the rest has been distributed at the markets. “The expired sugar is currently sold for the price of SDG240 ($40) per sack, which is SDG70 ($12) lower than the real market price.”
He commented that “though the NCP leaders in South Darfur received millions of pounds for the election campaign, they are not satisfied, and want to earn more by selling carcinogenic commodities to the people”.
On Tuesday, a member of the Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organisation warned the people in South Darfur to be alert on contaminated sugar sold at the markets.
South Darfur authorities sent samples of the sugar, they seized two months ago, to Khartoum to be tested. “The tests showed that the expired sugar contained carcinogens. The consumption of a small quantity of 5 to 7 grams is enough to cause cancer,” he explained.