People eat at a restaurant in Mar Mkhayel, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.
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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour is set to dish the dirt Thursday on which of the capital's restaurants and supermarkets are selling contaminated food, the second, much-anticipated installment in a week of high-profile food industry accusations that have overshadowed Lebanon's myriad other concerns.Abu Faour's announcement drew different reactions from industry officials and businessmen Wednesday, with some vowing to back a campaign for better food standards, and others cautioning against the defamation of the restaurant sector in light of the absence of a food safety law and clear, across-the-board standards.MP Walid Jumblatt, whose Progressive Socialist Party is represented in the government by Abu Faour and Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb, said the health minister had his full backing.Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon cautioned that Abu Faour's revelations about food safety violations, including a blacklist comprising well-known restaurant and supermarket chains, should be confirmed through a thorough investigation to avoid defamation.The minister called for a food safety draft law, which was drafted in 2003, to be amended and passed.Abu Faour has said four franchise restaurants in Lebanon are in violation of food safety measures.
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