Executive Secretary at the Grenada Food and Nutrition Council Lydia Brown denies the information circulating on social media concerning certain fruits in the Caribbean being dangerous.
Speaking from her office on Tuesday, October 1 Mrs Brown said she said she saw the video weeks ago but she didn’t take it seriously since on the Internet there is so much information that one has to know whether the source is a credible one.
According to Ms Brown some of the fruits highlighted in the video; fruits that are abundant in Grenada, there is no empirical evidence to support that these fruits are causing the death and damage that the video claimed is happening in St. Lucia.
She noted that at the GFNC they do not have the capacity to test but these are foods that have been consumed by Grenadians for many, many years and there is no evidence that they have been linked particularly to any death or any major occurrence.
She said she went on to reach out to international and regional agencies such as PAHO and got a response from Dr Audrey Morris who confirmed the concern and stated that there is no merit to the information.
Mrs Brown stated that fruits are important in our diet; some fruits are seasonal and people consume them in very large amounts with no adverse effect. “There is no proof in Grenada that any of them cause death in people.
She advises the public to continue eating the fruits and stop focusing on things on the internet that don’t have any source or credence to it.
One has to be very careful about what they look at on the Internet and what one takes from it.
According to her, GFNC bases their information on evidence. They have to know that there have been studies to make sure the information is credible before they put it out.