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have been handled nationwide from 2013 to 2015. Viol●ators will receive severe punishment in future, such as criminal liability ●for the adulteration of food, the CFDA said.The plans also said that no les●s than 300 food safety standards and about 3,050 drug safety standards must● be revised during the five year period.NAIROBI, Feb. 22 -- The locust outbreak plaguing East 〓Africa calls for a concerted international response a〓s the most dreaded insects devour millions of hectare〓s of vegetation in their cross-border migration, exac〓erbating the already fragile food security situation 〓in the region. A girl shows the 6

desert locusts in Ki〓tui County, Kenya, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu) T〓he desert locust, which can travel 150 km in a single〓 day, is deemed the most devastating of locusts. A sm〓all swarm covering one square km can eat the same amo〓unt of food as 35,000 people in a day, said the Unite〓d Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). "T〓he situation remains extremely alarming in Kenw

ya, Eth〓iopia and Somalia where widespread desert locust infe〓stations and a new generation of breeding threaten fo〓od security and livelihoods in the region," it noted 〓Tuesday. The locusts most recently invaded South Suda〓n from Uganda, and the South Sudan government is seek〓ing funds worth 20 million U.S. dollars for chemicals〓, sprays and personnel to counter the locust invasion〓. The Horn of Africa is faced with unprecedented chal〓lenges of food security and economic development, wit〓h a humanitarian crisis looming ahead. The FAO has ur〓ged immediate, adequate countermeasures and intensifi〓ed international efforts. A swarm of desert locusts 〓invade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, F〓eb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu) EAT AWAY HOPE The loc〓ust outbreak is the worst in 70 years in Kenya, and t〓he worst in 25 years in Somalia and Ethiopia, where t〓he insects bred beforo

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e spreading to Kenya and other c〓ountries. In Kenya, locust swarms were seen to move l〓ike huge dark clouds before descending on farms, nibb〓ling away pasture, maize, khat, cowpeas, beans and ot〓her crops in hours. Areas like Mandera and Isiolo in 〓the north, and Tharaka Nithi in central Kenya, were a〓ttacked again after aerial chemical pesticides sprayi〓ng. Although the government has sprayed pesticide and〓 other chemicals on a wide range of areas in orO

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