Health Minister Wael Abu Faour inspects the warehouses at Beirut's airport, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Tuesday ordered the closure of food and medicine storage warehouses at Beirut's airport, citing poor hygiene and expired items during an inspection.In addition to the dirty floors and the unsafe storage of the goods, the health minister revealed that some of the food products in storage had expired nearly 20 years ago.Tuesday's move was the latest in a series of actions taken by the health minister as part of his wildly popular food safety campaign last month.As they left, Zeaiter turned to Abu Faour and said: "Pardon me, this place is not clean". He reached for the Keep Area Clean sign pasted just outside the warehouses and tore it down. "Lebanon is not a dumping ground for anyone," Chehayeb said, while warning traders not to "bring any bad products" into Lebanon.He did not name the companies he asked to be shut, but said inspections of food factories will continue.
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