File - Workers at the Center Jdita dairy factory, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Osama Kadiri)
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Economy Minister Alain Hakim Tuesday ordered six dairy factories to halt labneh production after samples failed health safety tests, in the latest push of a nationwide crackdown on establishments violating food standards.Meanwhile, a parliamentary subcommittee was formed to draft a food safety law within two weeks. The issue of food safety came into focus earlier this month when Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced the names of restaurants and food establishments he said were selling contaminated food.Parliament's joint committees decided in a meeting Tuesday to form a subcommittee to draft a food safety law within two weeks that would stipulate the formation of a National Committee for Food Safety. The subcommittee will try to merge two draft laws on food safety, one proposed by Majdalani and another one by former Prime Minister Najib Mikati and MP Ahmad Karami earlier this month.Late Economy Minister Bassel Fleihan was the first to propose a food safety draft law in 2003 stipulating the establishment of the NCFS, but the process was halted after several ministries complained its formation would infringe on their powers.
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