Experts argue that the real problem lies in the overlapping authorities of different ministries to monitor the food processing activities. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon is in need of effective food safety measures in light of the series of food scandals that the country has witnessed, ministries and experts say.The Lebanese food industry is rife with serious issues, said AUB Professor Zeina Kassaify. The ministry must follow up on certain food safety aspects with 2,000 food companies.Furthermore, about 30 percent of those food companies are operating without permits, an issue that has also affected food safety monitoring. Sources at the Industry Ministry also told The Daily Star that plans to develop another draft law for food safety had almost been finalized.International organizations, however, argue that both multiministerial and independent monitoring options are needed to ensure food safety at all levels. The use of natamycin in dairy products, however, is banned by standards set by LIBNOR, the Lebanese standards institution affiliated with the Industry Ministry.
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