The Yemen Standardization, Metrology and Quality Control Organization has seized a spoiled wheat shipment imported by an the World Food Program, WFP, an international humanitarian agency within the aid it provides to the most needy groups in Yemen.
Director general of the organization, Waleed Othman, said the WFP shipment was denied entry into the country to protect the poorest groups in the country after discovering the infestation and decay of the wheat.
"The 5000 ton shipment, about 100,000 wheat bags, was bought by the agency, which imported a previous shipment, about 700 tonnes of dates, violating the Yemeni standardization rules," he said.
Authorities were not happy and hoped the WFP follows international food standards when sending aide into Yemen.
Furthermore, the organization has seized two gas valve shipments imported from China, but holding Italian brands, and another shipment of lubricants coming from the UAE and that was a fake of a Saudi brand, Othman said.
Othman urged all humanitarian agencies helping Yemen to cope with an unprecedented humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people and the needs of hundreds of thousands of IDPs and African refugees.
"All agencies should import products for aid conformable with the Yemeni rules and the organization is ready to cooperate on the issue, but will not allow exploitation the situation to harm the Yemeni people," he said.
About 200,000 people fled to Aden and nearby provinces when the battles against Al-Qaida militants in Abyan started last year and continued this year.
In addition to the Abyan displaced, there are more than 300,000 IDPs due to conflicts in the north, including those in Saada, Hajjah and Sanaa.
Earlier today, donors pledged to provide $66 million in emergency aid for the people, who were displaced due to the war on Al-Qaida in Abyan.