Thu, 14 Apr 2022 - 10:13 GMT
Thu, 14 Apr 2022 - 10:13 GMT
CAIRO – 14 April 2022: Egypt’s public prosecution investigations confirmed that the recently-debated chocolate in the markets does not contain any narcotic substances.
A statement issued by the Public Prosecution said that the monitoring and analysis unit of spotted earlier this month, the circulated news on social media claiming that an imported chocolate product contained the narcotic substances
One of those circulated news was a facebook post by the former president of Cairo University, the statement said, which led the public prosecution to start an investigation.
By questioning the owner of the company that imports the chocolate product, he completely denied the circulated claims saying that the chocolate is completely free of any narcotic substances and that it underwent all necessary technical and laboratory tests before entering the Egyption market.
The Public Prosecution sent a sample of the chocolate product to the Forensic Medicine Authority, and assigned one of its doctors to conduct the necessary examination; To indicate whether or not it contained any narcotic substances.
The results confirmed that the chocolate sample sent was free of any narcotic substances, the statement confirmed.
The Public Prosecution also questioned the former President of Cairo University, and he testified that he had drawn his attention to the fact that this product circulated in the market contained a percentage of cannabis, so he just wanted to warn people from it. However, after investigating more about the chocolate, he knew that it was free of any narcotic substances in agreement with the investigations concluded.
On April 7, Former President of Cairo University Gaber Nassar, initially a professor of law, stirred debate when he posted Tuesday on Facebook that a certain brand of chocolate contains cannabis, which shows in the blood tests mandated for public employees, who get in trouble as a consequence.
On the same day, the Ministry of Interior issued a statement stressing that samples will be acquired from different shops, and analyzed to determine if the ingredients meet international standards. That is because cannabis seeds are used in the production of some products, after getting processed to not have a narcotic effect.
Head of the Complaints Unit at the Food Safety Authority Basma Soliman told Sky News Arabia that if the tests results show the presence of a narcotic substance, the importing company would be subject to legal measures.
Soliman added that all imported food products are subject to tests to ensure their safety before the shipments are allowed in. That is relevant to the issue at hand, given that the chocolate brand subject to accusation is Germany-made Schogetten.
The deputy CEO of the importing company, Mahmoud Hassan Shahin, commented to Al Watan TV that the shipment entered Egypt in June 2021, and that its expiry date was March 2022, which means that the stock has been entirely consumed, and no longer available in the Egyptian market.
He also made it clear that after he investigated the accuracy of what he published, it became clear to him that the chocolate product does not contain any narcotic substances,