Health Minister Wael Abu Faour speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour denied Saturday that inspectors were prevented from taking samples from food establishments in Beirut's southern suburbs, saying 100 samples were taken to a laboratory.He also said that the ministry agreed with the American University of Beirut to send samples to its laboratory because the Research Institute could no longer accommodate additional work.Media reports said earlier in the day that restaurant and supermarket shop owners in the southern suburbs had prevented ministry inspectors from entering their establishments to take food samples. In remarks published Friday, Abu Faour said water suppliers in Lebanon would be the next target of investigation for the ministry, after he named and shamed several renowned franchises in the food industry over contaminated products.
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