18 SA Post Office workers fall ill after handling "white powdery substance" in international package

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:thumbsup: :ROFL:
The Witspos centre was cleared off following investigations that determined that the substance was not harmful.

Kruger confirmed that the powder is used to make yoghurt.
All affected employees were discharged from Milpark Hospital after receiving treatment.
What treatment? Iepieconders?

They won't go digging in parcels again soon :ROFL::laugh::ROFL::ROFL:
 

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Shared this with somebody in the EU postal system. They were incredulous that this situation could ever even exist, then howled with laughter at the "sick" people having to be treated for "yogurt power".

The obvious question: How could 18 people come into contact with an open/damaged parcel - which is not acceptable as per international postal standards. :laugh: :X3:
 

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It was likely being opened for further investigation after scanning.
 

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So you're allowed to speculate and I'm not?
Yes, unless your speculation is in line with that of the volk, you've been here long enough.We all have reasonable explanations but some reasonable explanations are more reasonable than others.
 

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some pesticide powder?

although simple contact with the packaging will not do it, then again the heading implies they handled the substance in the package, then again.. headlines...
 

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Yes, unless your speculation is in line with that of the volk, you've been here long enough.We all have reasonable explanations but some reasonable explanations are more reasonable than others.
Part-timers don't know what to complain about anymore.
 

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Yes, unless your speculation is in line with that of the volk, you've been here long enough.We all have reasonable explanations but some reasonable explanations are more reasonable than others.
It's the lack of logic that's the issue. Ever heard of Occam's Razor? We know they open parcels and steal items. In no other country do 18 postal employees get sick from handling parcels and it's usually the recipient. So do the math, if capable. Jumping to other conclusions is like the alien explanation for why your newspaper didn't arrive.
 

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FTFY

Customs are the ones doing the checks, not SAPO.
Customs do international checks, this was Witspos. PO does have officers that do checks if prohibited items are suspected but it's not a free for all and it will be under controlled conditions.
 

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Customs do international checks, this was Witspos. PO does have officers that do checks if prohibited items are suspected but it's not a free for all and it will be under controlled conditions.
Exactly, and why this case of mass yogurt making powder poisoning is so strange. This was an international parcel and had already been cleared by customs (a small miracle in itself nowadays).
The powdery substance was found in a parcel sent from Europe to South Africa.
 

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Customs do international checks, this was Witspos. PO does have officers that do checks if prohibited items are suspected but it's not a free for all and it will be under controlled conditions.
It was an international package.
 

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Exactly, and why this case of mass yogurt making powder poisoning is so strange. This was an international parcel and had already been cleared by customs (a small miracle in itself nowadays).
Yogurt powder is itself strange. Who would import something like that? But back to the case we all know they were never really sick.

It was an international package.
Which is no longer custom's responsibility once it enters SA borders. Then postal rules around prohibited substances take over.
 
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