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Iraq's imports of meat from Iran jeopardize Iraqis' lives

2019/03/16 | 01:45

(Hatha al-Youm | Iraq News)- Iraqis are familiar with news about seizing food items that is not suitable for human consumption, in ports and markets across the nation.

The health department of Baghdad announced

the seizure of more than 223 tons of food during the last month, according to health

supervision official Raad Mohamed al-Taei.Al-Tai said: "The destruction

of this quantity was through 48 health campaigns and visiting 7064 shops and 319 plants."Imported meat, which represent one

of the main components of the imported food to Iraq, is usually purchased by

low-income people because of cheap prices compared to the local meats. The price of

one kilogram of imported meat is equal to the price of about a quarter of the local meat.The reason behind the hight prices

of Iraqi meat is the low number of cows and sheep that reach Baghdad, as well

as its high quality, which made them subject to smuggling.





 

Iranian meat, IRGCA member of Iran’s Agriculture Commission in parliament says

smuggling of domestic livestock out of country, especially to Iraq, has been intensified,

leading to price hikes, Radio Farda reported.“Due to the weak

controls on smuggling, the management of anti-smuggling efforts has been handed

to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC),” Ali Mohammad Shaeri told state-run

Iran Students News Agency (ISNA) on March 11."I have heard that livestock imported to Iran are being immediately reloaded on ships and planes to be exported to other countries,”

said Shaeri’s fellow MP, Nasser Mousavi Largani.The government subsidizes essential food imports by supplying

cheap dollars and smuggling the meat out of the country means some people are

making huge profits.Red meat prices soared last February, reaching 1,200,000 rials

per kilo (approximately $10 per 2.2 pounds based on free market rate),

according to some reports. Images of people waiting in long lines to buy

poultry and beef at subsidized prices were widely circulated on the social

media at the time.This might seem to be reasonable prices in other countries but

minimum wage in Iran is less than a $100 monthly.The Ministry of Agricultural Jihad, the body overseeing

agriculture in Iran, has declared it was offering subsidized meat for sale online.









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