Abu Faour shows the results of the laboratory studies. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanese watched in shock and horror as Health Minister Wael Abu Faour revealed Tuesday that some popular restaurant chains and supermarkets are serving customers food that contains sewage and fecal matter.Major chains such as Spinneys, Hawa Chicken, Roadster Diner, Fahed Supermarket, Abdel Rahman Hallab, Kababji, MacDonald's, Metro Supermarket, TSC Mega and Bedo were among those found to be storing items in violation of food safety protocols, Abu Faour said.The ministry issued a list of places, which included supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants found to be in violation of food safety requirements.The shop was since closed down for importing and distributing expired and diseased meat.The shocking revelations were the result of a 20-day campaign that scrutinized 1,005 establishments across Lebanon and was carried out by the Health Ministry's food safety inspectors. Inspectors were tasked to examine food establishments and evaluate them for cleanliness, compliance with food safety protocols and the personal hygiene of employees, and to ensure legal certification was in order. Although Berro said that the ministry's clampdown was a step in the right direction, he added that it would not be complete without the implementation of a proper food law.He said a good food law should govern all food-related sectors in Lebanon, and dictate proper food production.
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