UN blames ‘human error’ for delivery of expired biscuits

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UN sends out of date biscuits to Syria

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The United Nations has blamed “human error” for sending expired biscuits to Syria as part of an aid package.

A total of 320 out of 650 boxes of high energy biscuits sent to Zabadani and Madaya last month had expired a month earlier, according to a statement published on Petra, the Jordanian News agency​.

Yacoub El Hillo, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Syria, said: "We can confirm that this was the result of an unfortunate human error during the loading process."

He said the UN Syria team was taking the issue "very seriously" but added that medical sources had confirmed eating the expired biscuits would pose no health threats.

However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights​ said the Italian-made energy biscuits caused 200 people to visit makeshift hospitals and present symptoms of food poisoning.

The watchdog said the biscuits had “expired in September, were poorly stored and moldy and rotten”.

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