Posted October 06, 2019 15:15:17 Puerto Rico’s food supply is “completely depleted,” according to the governor of the U.S. territory, but that is no reason to think that the island’s citizens will be left to fend for themselves.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that the U,S.
Food and Drug Administration has ordered all food imports to be halted.
“The FDA has made the decision to halt all imports of Puerto Rican products from U.N. agencies and other suppliers,” FDA spokeswoman Catherine Gediman said in a statement.
Since Sept. 3, more than 100,000 Puerto Ricans have been left without access to food.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, who took office in November, has said that Puerto Ricos should be able to survive without food for at least six weeks.
Rosselló’s administration has said the island would not be able afford to pay for food imports until at least September 30, though the agency has yet to issue a firm date.
Puerto Ricans were told in September that they would be able continue to purchase goods from the U-N, the World Food Program and other food suppliers until at most October 5.
But after the deadline passed, many people have been unable to find food at grocery stores.
Puerto Ricas Food Security Council, an advocacy group, estimates that 6,000 people in the territory have been displaced.
Rossellos office says the Puerto Rican government has requested $7 billion in aid to help the island recover.
Officials have said that as of Thursday, they still have enough money to buy enough food for those who are still living in shelters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.