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KUWAIT CITY, March 7: Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) has confirmed the ambiguities surrounding the inclusion of pork-based products in some commodities that are circulating in Kuwait including food items and medicines, reports Arab Times daily.
Director of the institute Dr Samira Al-Seyyid Omar explained that some food items, medicines and cosmetics contain pork-based products.
The institute once sent reports regarding this issue to the concerned authority and is ready to take up any assignment for revealing more facts in this regard and preventing the marketing of such commodities. She revealed that the manufacturers do not indicate the inclusion of pork-based substances in the commodities in order to avoid rejection in Kuwait and other Islamic countries. She stressed the need for laboratory tests on the suspicious products in order to confirm they are free of diseases and pork-based products.
Dr Omar stressed that KISR has advanced laboratories that are at par with those in the advanced countries due to which the institute can test food items, medicines and cosmetics easily and with accuracy.
She said certain studies were conducted at KISR in the past, which revealed the presence of pork-based products in some food items and medicines, indicating that the results of those tests were forwarded to the concerned authorities.
Dr Omar affirmed that Ministry of Health and Kuwait Municipality carry out tests on imported food items and medicines, adding that KISR provides necessary studies and consultations through tests when consulted for that purpose.