BEIRUT: Parliament’s public health, labor and social affairs committee Wednesday confirmed that the presence of a potentially harmful preservative in several dairy products including labneh was against regulations.
“The only substance licensed according to the Lebanese standards to be added as a preservative to labneh is Ascorbic acid,” head of the committee MP Atef Majdalani said. “We always face problems in the food industry but we can never identify those responsible.”
He added: “There is a law for food safety … and we have been working on it for 11 years, however, it is not adopted because every minister clings to his powers regardless of the people’s health.”
The Health Ministry announced Monday that test results from a prominent international laboratory in Switzerland indicated milk products from Dairy Khoury and Dairy Day both contained traces of natamycin, a fungicide food additive whose long-term effects are unknown.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 27, 2014, on page 4.