Iranian watermelons injected with 'something harmful'?

Gulf Cooperation Council member states have been urged not to buy Iranian watermelons that were allegedly injected with "something harmful."


Facebook user Naqeeb Captain Al Moosty says:

Pass to all GCC friends & relatives !@!!

Dont buy watermelons that are from Iran..the police & customs have requstd all the people of G C C not to buy as they are all injected with somthing harmful.

Dont eat watermelon salad or juice or fruitplate in restaurants."

Pass to all GCC friends & relatives !@!!Dont buy watermelons that are from Iran..the police & customs have requstd all the people of G C C not to buy as they are all injected with somthing harmful.Dont eat watermelon salad or juice or fruitplate in restaurants

Posted by Naqeeb Captain Al Moosty on Monday, May 11, 2015


The GCC is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

As you can see in the video, several trucks full of the citrus fruit appeared to be seized by border police in an undisclosed location.

During inspection, police allegedly spotted holes in the watermelons.

According to a report published by the Los Angeles Times, Iranian exporters "attributed the holes to pests that burrow into the rind to lay eggs."

A fruit and vegetable dealer in Tehran said watermelons from Iran are "vulnerable to pests due to the way they are packed and shipped."

Earlier, Dubai's deputy police chief General Dhahi Khalfan in a Twitter post said:

Iranian fruit exported to the gulf is a health disaster."

As public fear that watermelons from Iran contain poisonous substances rises, authorities have reportedly subjected shipments to strict testing.