Health Minister Wael Abu Faour shows the results of the laboratory studies performed on samples taken from many Lebanese establishments. (The Daily Star/ Mohammad Azakir)
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BEIRUT: The list reads like a who's who of Lebanese eateries -- Hawa Chicken, Spinneys, Roadster Diner and dozens of others -- but this was no recognition of Lebanon's famed cuisine: Tuesday afternoon the health minister named and shamed establishments across Lebanon serving unsafe food.The minister revealed that numerous supermarkets, bakeries, butchers and restaurants had been violating food safety standards, according to the results of the inspection campaign done by the ministry over the last 20 days.Among the famous supermarkets that were named by Abu Faour were Fahed Supermaket in Jounieh, Hawa Chicken, Spinneys in Jbeil, Abou Khalil in Damour, Metro in Baaba, MP in Aley and TSC Mega in the Metn area. Other, "less severe" violations included stacking meat in rusty containers, opening toilet doors to the kitchen, putting food next to garbage, using rusty, old and unclean knives, not wearing gloves while working in food and using frying oils for months.
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