Abu Faour tours the laboratory conducting tests on food.
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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour described the condition of food and water sanitation in Lebanon as "truly catastrophic," after revealing that drinking water sold by unlicensed water companies contained traces of sewage.Abu Faour pointed out that at least three slaughterhouses in south Lebanon, including an abattoir for chicken, will be shut down soon, after they had been inspected and found to be violating health rules.Abu Faour Wednesday unveiled new names of supermarkets, butcheries and restaurants which he said failed to meet the ministry's food security criteria.They included international fast food chains Pizza Hut and KFC, and Bsat supermarket in Sidon, in addition to Bou Khalil Supermarket in Koura and Hadath, and al-Salam butchery in Zgharta, al-Natour butchery in Beirut and al-Shabab butchery in Bourj Hammoud, as well as al-Mahata shawarma sandwich chain. Wednesday the Al-Youssef Hospital in the northern Akkar town of Halba said it has admitted 10 patients who had suffered food poisoning after eating fajitas and chicken taouk from a local sandwich shop.
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