From left, Ministers Abu Faour, Hajj Hasan, Hakim and Shehayeb attend a meeting in Beirut, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Led by MP Atef Majdalani, who also heads up Parliament's Health Committee, the group convened Monday in order to continue its discussion of the newly revived food safety draft law.The committee will be responsible for monitoring the various stages of the food industry in the hope of improving the quality of products provided to citizens, and will also act as an umbrella authority to bring together the relevant administrations and ministries.One of the biggest flaws highlighted by the food scandal last month, which saw Health Minister Wael Abu Faour name and shame restaurants and food and water suppliers selling contaminated or spoiled goods, was the lack of coordination between the numerous ministries and administrations involved in the industry.Abu Faour explained that Taanayel had attempted to bribe struggling dairy farmers by saying it would buy milk from them if they pressured the Health Ministry into publicly announcing that Taanayel met national safety standards.Salam also praised Chehayeb for the work he has done, and expressed his hope that the new, more vigorous food safety standards become a long-term thing.
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