Over 100 tons of expired pharma goods seized in Iraq
An estimated 120 tons of expired pharmaceuticals have been confiscated by authorities at Iraq’s Umm Qasr Port in the last few months.
Authorities from Umm Qasr Port in Basra said more than 30 containers, including expired medicine, were seized in the port in the last few months, according to NRT Arabic.
A number of the containers were said to hold various equipment, but were found to contain expired medicine after an investigation, said deputy head of Umm Qasr Customs, Ahmed Qasim.
Mahmoud Shakir, an official at Umm Qasr Port, also said that many of the containers had been improperly handled and stored.
“The medicine in those containers was in 60 degree temperatures, while it should be placed in temperature no greater than 25 degrees,” Shakir said.
A ship carrying 40 tons of exported rice was also seized on Saturday in Umm Qasr Port.
Umm Qasr, is one of four commercial ports in Iraq, but is the country’s only deepwater container terminal. It handles 80 percent of the country's imports, including bulk cargo such as grain for a huge public food ration program.