Trucks are parked near silos at the port in Beirut, Monday, March 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Questions about the quality, contamination and safety of Lebanon's grain have repeatedly made headlines – many centering on the Beirut Port.After a long period of neglect, the port's new administration has spent the last two years driving changes in the way grain is imported and stored.The government-administered Beirut Port silos can store 125,000 tons of grain at any one time, with a 600 ton hourly flow when loading. Economy Minister Alain Hakim explained that grain silos, located in the heart of the port, had not been properly maintained since they were built 40 years ago.Just before the scandal, in June 2014, Hakim had appointed a new general manager of Beirut Port silos. Khoury said he had spent the last two years trying to modernize processes at Beirut Port silos to improve quality control and the unloading, storing and distributing of grain.Hakim outlined the process for monitoring the quality of wheat and grain once it leaves the port.However, Khoury says there is a better method.
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