File - Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan warned dairy plants that the use of natamycin, an anti-fungal agent, in labneh products was prohibited, urging them to abide by production standards or face closure.Hajj Hasan made the warning Saturday during a news conference to address the issue after media reports revealed that traces of the banned substance were found in dairy products from at least two factories in the country. "I have issued a warning to the owners of all the dairy factories in Lebanon to abide by the standards regarding the production of labneh, under the penalty of closure without prior warning," Hajj Hasan said. According to the decision, the ministry asked all the municipalities to provide it with the names of all functioning dairy factories within their jurisdictions.
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