Several supermarkets figured on Abu Faour' s blacklist. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Several of Lebanon's leading food establishments are scrambling to handle the fallout following another news conference by Health Minister Wael Abu Faour, in which he named more restaurants and markets that do not meet the national health standards. The country has witnessed confusion and outrage since Tuesday, when Abu Faour began announcing the results of a monthlong investigation into over 1,000 restaurants and supermarkets carried out by the Health Ministry. The list of food establishments included household names like Roadster, TSC Mega, Spinneys and Monoprix. Economy Minister Alain Hakim called the Health Minister's methods 'terrorizing'.The source commended the Health Ministry for announcing the results to the public.One high-profile restaurant named on the list was the popular Roadster Diner.The statement emphasized that Roadster had ISO 22000 certification and certification from the Lebanese Association for Food Safety.Dumyati could not give further details on what steps Roadster would be taking, but she did say she was somewhat 'concerned' about Abu Faour's comment Thursday that the Interior Ministry would begin taking action against the listed restaurants and supermarkets.
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